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The New SmugMug Is Here

Friends, photographers, cameramen, have we got news for you.

This morning, we pushed the button on one of the most exciting things we’ve ever built: a whole new SmugMug. We’ve dreamed about bringing you this kind of incredibly beautiful, powerful photo experience from day one and we hope that no matter what you do and who you are, you’ll love it, too.

The Biggest Launch Since 2002

We razed the walls, stripped the wiring and built a better, stronger SmugMug from the ground up. It looks better, works better and (if we did things right) it’s more intuitive and easy to use.

You’ll notice a brand-new look and feel that showcases your photos more beautifully than ever before.

We’ll notice that it’s easier to bring you lots of new features in the coming years.

Best of all, it’s all ready and waiting for you. All you have to do is try it.

New SmugMug:

Compare with the old SmugMug:

How do I use the new SmugMug? Will I lose all my stuff?

No! Unlike many other services, we’re not forcing you to ditch your existing site. You’ll have your very own secret preview mode that contains all your galleries, so that you can personalize it and get familiar with the new features. While it sounds scary, migration simply copies your website contents into a virtual sandbox that only you can see. When you’re ready, YOU unveil your changes and make it public.

In short, there are now 3 possible states of SmugMug: Non-migrated SmugMug accounts (legacy), accounts in private preview (migrated), and the new SmugMug.

We’ll ask if you’d like us to migrate your photos, memories and videos to the new SmugMug. While you experiment with the new features, your fans and clients will still see your old website, like always.

What content migrates? Your photo and video files as well as all the data associated with each: stuff like captions, keywords, geotagging, etc. If you’re a Portfolio or Business account holder, your pricing, marketing tools and pro sales will work normally during migration as well as when you’re in the new SmugMug. (No profits left behind!)

What won’t migrate? Unfortunately, advanced customizations made in the old system aren’t compatible with the new system. This was a very hard decision because we know many of you put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into customizing your sites. However, it’s so much easier to customize your site and the designs are so much more compelling, we hope you’ll forgive us.

Before I migrate, what can I expect?

Here are a few special things to consider as you’re working in preview mode:

  • Migrating and unveiling is a one-way street. Once you unveil your changes you can’t go back to the old SmugMug.
  • Changing gallery settings or rearranging photos will take effect on both your new and old site.
  • Your visitors won’t see any rearrangements of your folders and galleries while you remain in preview mode.
  • If you create new galleries in preview mode, they will be visible on your current SmugMug site in a new category called ‘Smug Preview’.
  • When you unveil your new SmugMug site, the organization and customization you’ve created in preview mode will overwrite the old site settings.

Once my photos are migrated, what can I expect?

Once your photos are migrated, you’ll be able to choose from – and edit! – our 20+ beautiful layouts (“Designs”) that look stunning right out of the box. If that’s not enough, edit, create and switch between “Themes” (which are like our old Themes, but way more powerful), and drag in some of the many content blocks that make your site completely unique.

Customize every part of your homepage

There’s so much to do and we want you to dig in yourself, so instead of overwhelming you with tips, here are our Top 3 Things We Think You Should Know:Add content blocks to any page on your site

1. You’ll always work in private. SmugMug now lets you personalize your site without your fans and clients seeing all those awkward in-between stages. And you can safely save your progress, sleep on it, and pick up right where you left off. You can also build multiple looks (holiday templates, anyone?) and swap between them with one click.

2. Customization is a mode. Not code. Changing the layout, color and content of any page no longer requires hacky gunk like CSS and Javascript. Just drag and drop content blocks right where you want them: in the header, footer, across all your pages or into just one gallery. It’s so easy and so much more powerful than before. FYI: Advanced Customization via HTML and CSS is still there for those of you who love it, but it’s really, truly optional now.

 3. You get a hub. As a SmugMugger, you deserve certain privileges, like being able to see all your stuff and keep it organized. You’ve told us this was a major pain point in the old SmugMug, so we sweated bullets in order to get this part right. The brand-new Site Organizer is THE place for you to upload, drag to arrange, create galleries, folders and pages (up to 7 layers deep), bulk tweak and delete, change settings and so much more… from a familiar folder tree that you already know.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be showing you tips, examples and everything you need to get the most out of your new site. So if you’re feeling lost or need a little inspiration for creating a new look for your website, keep your eyes right here on our blog.

Which features are available on Basic accounts?

While customization was a big chunk of the improvements we made, it’s not everything. We’ve redone our homepage and info pages so you can see exactly what features are available at every account level.

Everyone gets the powerful, drag and drop Site Organizer. Everyone can apply an array of beautiful Themes and content blocks to their site, with three important differences:

  1. Basic users may use and swap between our many Themes, but won’t be able to edit or create them.
  2. Basic users can customize content and layout for their homepages only.
  3. Content blocks related to more complex customization and commerce features are not included on Basic accounts.

SmugMug's new drag and drop Site Organizer

And great news: We’ve gone ahead and added video uploads to Basic accounts. Enjoy!

When can I start? And what’s next?

The great news: You can start right now.

Again, simply log in and go here: http://www.smugmug.com/migration

We’re not about to drop you into the pool without a little help. We’ve squished our brains together and updated our help pages to include a variety of new articles, as well as some “what’s new” content that compares old features with how things work now.

Important! Our fabulous Support Heroes are always available to lend a hand, but due to the sudden wave of ecstatic SmugMug tinkerers over the next few days (like you!), please check the help pages first and allow the Heroes a little extra time to respond to your tickets.

And as always, we’ll be sharing lots of helpful posts about building a brand-new website, tips for getting it done fast and insight into some of the things we think you’ll love most about the new SmugMug.

Questions? Stuck on a particularly tough nugget? Send us an email, comment, passenger pigeon or smoke signal so that we can best help you get the site of your dreams. We want to hear what you love, what stings, and what you think of our baby.

The SmugMug family

The Comprehensive List

Here’s the full list of things that we’ve improved or built for you in this release. In addition to the below, we’ve done a ton of work behind-the-scenes making SmugMug work faster, more reliably, and easier for us to deliver brand-new features in the coming months.

Things that we improved:

  • Homepage design
  • Folder page layout (previously Category/Subcategory pages)
  • Gallery layout (all gallery styles)
  • Lightbox view
  • Video player
  • Slideshows
  • Package image selection
  • Gallery Settings
  • Themes
  • Sharegroup pages
  • Event pages
  • Photo and gallery picker

Brand-new features:

  • Complete customization overhaul, including Site Designs
  • Site-wide drag and drop Organizer
  • Folders can go 5 levels deep, allowing for 7 total layers
  • Gallery-level comments now optional
  • Thumbs up/down replaced by Like
  • Can now create Pages
  • New Gallery Styles
  • Folder-level security and privacy settings
  • Mobile site now mimics regular site, including customization
  • New privacy level (owner-only “Private”)
  • Expanded search structure
  1. July 30, 2013 at 8:03 am | #1

    Looking forward to the demo and hoping my connection is strong enough at work for the stream!

  2. July 30, 2013 at 8:20 am | #2

    Congrats guys – it looks awesome!

  3. July 30, 2013 at 8:30 am | #3

    This sounds and looks absolutely amazing!!!!!
    Just read it on my phone and now cannot wait to get home to have a look
    at it.
    Perfect timing too, as I was going to
    re-vamp my page anyway.
    Even without having had a look at it: well done SmugMug :D

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:15 am | #4

      phew how can you say amazing ,when you have not looked at it..baaa baaa.

      • JACK
        July 30, 2013 at 11:39 am | #5

        Iv not looked at it yet but it is amazing because i like many others watched the webinar? So your point was what exactly or were you just trying to ridicule someone?

      • Scott
        July 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm | #6

        Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit, huh? But I know what is.

  4. July 30, 2013 at 8:31 am | #7

    You did such an outstanding job, thank you so much!!

  5. Rob
    July 30, 2013 at 8:32 am | #8

    This looks great. I’m super excited because this is what I really wanted out of smug. This is where smug was lacking compared to other providers in this space. You’re jumping into the #1 spot on most lists now, most likely. LOVE IT SO FAR!

  6. July 30, 2013 at 8:37 am | #9

    Seems someone hit the publish blog button a couple hours early ;)

    But I can’t wait! Yay for updates!

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:19 am | #10

      Nope, you can start using the new features now. Our broadcast is still happening at 10:30 Pacific time, so please tune in and watch the exciting demo!

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:27 am | #11

        This was in the post when it showed up in Feedly this morning but was edited out, “We just wrapped up a live demo (which you can watch again here), but in case you missed it: You can start right now.” Not saying it’s a bad thing, just that it seemed like, originally, this post was supposed to go out after the broadcast but someone decided it was ok to go early. Which I’m glad of because I’ve already started playing.

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:27 am | #12

      We launched a tiny bit early due to some last-minute changes in press coverage, but the demo is on Ustream and the new SmugMug is ready for everyone. Enjoy!

  7. July 30, 2013 at 8:57 am | #13

    Looks good but have you did anything with the buying process?
    I can have all the bells whistles and farty pants in the world but if like now my customers find it impossible to purchase from me its of no use
    I dont want to commit to the total migration till this has been answered

    Also i note your front page has a steal me button from pinterest
    Can i have assurances that when i do commit that i will not be forced to have this
    If i do have to have it i want a refund

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm | #14

      John, part of the changes we made were behind-the-scenes, making it easier for us to make improvements and features. So you will see more things coming soon. This launch was just the beginning, and the buying experience is something that we’ve gotten a lot of feedback on.

      Additionally, you’ll notice that Pinterest buttons aren’t forced on you in any theme or design that we offer. A lot of users ask for that specifically, but you can always change your privacy settings so that your photos are locked down and unshareable. In fact, we added a third level of privacy to your folders and galleries: Owner-only private, so nobody but you can see that stuff.

      • August 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm | #15

        is there a way to get rid of the download arrow button to keep people from downloading for free? I see it on several people’s site and it worries me. I take photos of barrel racers and they are notorious for taking photos off websites and using it for themselves without permission and without paying for it. Right now they have to deal with my ugly watermark across the images, but if I unveil, I’m worried that they will never buy an image again and steal them.
        So how do I do it, Smugmug?

  8. July 30, 2013 at 9:04 am | #16

    So..when does it change to the new look?

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:17 am | #17

      You can start now! We give full instructions and info above about how to copy your photos and start playing, but be sure you’re logged in to your account and hit http://www.smugmug.com/migration

      Your changes won’t be visible to the public until you’re ready.

  9. July 30, 2013 at 9:08 am | #18

    from playing with it for a bit I like it alot! good work smugmug!

  10. July 30, 2013 at 9:38 am | #19

    So the only way to see the new “look” is to preview it …and you say that previewing also migrates your photos, and once you migrate you cannot go back.

    So can I preview and keep the old? What is the “cannot go back” point? The preview, or the acceptance of the preview?

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:34 am | #20

      Looks like you can preview it and still go back but once you are done previewing and then hit the unveil button it’s irreversible. When you preview, you get 2 modes, preview and legacy. It looks like this “If you create new galleries in preview mode, they will be visible on your current SmugMug site in a new category called ‘Smug Preview’.” means if you’re in preview mode when you create a gallery it puts it in a certain place, if you’re in Legacy mode it works normaly (I think)

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:40 am | #21

        I just looked again and I’m not sure if previewing is an irreversable step. It does say that migrating simply copies your files but also says “In short, there are now 3 possible states of SmugMug: Non-migrated SmugMug accounts (legacy), accounts in private preview (migrated), and the new SmugMug.” That doesn’t say you can go back to non-migrated status but in the photo above it does say that in preview mode you can manage your old smugmug.

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:59 am | #22

        Yes, it appears to be ambiguous which is why I don’t want to try the preview until I know for sure I don’t have to take it.

        Also, the demo didn’t mention the custom headers and footers. Didn’t mention the “map this” button … is it still available?

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:31 am | #23

        Hi Steve, to clarify you can migrate and use preview mode right away and build your new site. It will only be visible to you when you’re logged in, and you will see two buttons at the top of your screen at all times: “View Legacy SmugMug” and “Unveil.”

        Only after you hit Unveil will your changes be seen live by viewers, and it’s Unveil that is irreversible. Hope this helps.

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:25 am | #24

      Migrating will give you Sandbox mode, and allow you to see and tinker with new SmugMug. Your legacy SmugMug site will stay intact and what your visitors will see. Once you’re 100% happy with your new site, you can Unveil and publish it live. At that point, your legacy SmugMug site will cease to be. Onward with the awesome!

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:31 am | #25

        OK, so if I choose not to, I can still keep what I have.

        I have to see how the “map this” button looks, how the slideshow works, and how the passwords work.

        I hope that the auto-geotagging will now work with password protected galleries. I didn’t hear about this in the demo.

        Thanks for the feedback!!!!

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:34 am | #26

        I hope the “UNVEIL” button has a couple of “ARE YOU SURE?” screens … LOL

  11. July 30, 2013 at 9:54 am | #27

    Just updated my site. Great choices for templates. Love all of the new customization features that come with them. Published and not looking back. Already getting great feedback from my friends who have visited the site. Before, I was hesitant to send people to my SmugMug because of the design. Now it rivals flickr and other photo sites. Awesome!

  12. July 30, 2013 at 10:12 am | #28

    Congratulations team SmugMug. What a great day for you all after so much hard work. It looks awesome!

  13. July 30, 2013 at 10:14 am | #30

    OH NO!! awful

  14. Richard Stromberg
    July 30, 2013 at 10:44 am | #31

    1. I can’t find the live demo you offered nor can I get the preview to work.
    2. How much work is the migration going to take me?\

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:55 am | #32

      Hi Richard, the demo is going on right now on Ustream and will be available for viewing at any time at the same URL afterwards.


      Migration is just a couple of clicks for you, so give it a try and start building your new sites. Let us know if you have any questions.

  15. July 30, 2013 at 11:00 am | #33

    Huge congrats!

  16. July 30, 2013 at 11:01 am | #34

    Do you still require all users to display “Copyright SmugMug” at bottom of all pages?

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:23 am | #35

      I used to say portions copyright smug mug
      I emailed support earlier and zac completely failed to answer the question. In fact he actively avoided answering it.
      I am not happy displaying full copyright smug mug on my work. Portions is ok

      The only thing support was willing to sayswas it would be very expensive if it did not have the copyright smug mug
      Its VERY expensive already so no idea how much more he was implying

      • July 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm | #36

        Hm. That’s strange. I know that many of the customized sites that SmugMug featured on its site had the footer completely removed by 3rd-party customization companies. That’s expensive way to “launder” the removal, which is a breach of contract.

      • July 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm | #37

        Hi Colin
        Yeah for sure
        looking at it now they have just the sharing by smug mug when you remove the footer.
        That’s liveable but it was not apparent 2 hours ago.
        Smug Support acting all smug on me did not help either
        I don’t see any improvements to the cart
        How are you supposed to get sales to pay the expense of smug mug if the punter cannot fathom the process??
        no sales = no able to pay = less for mr mcaskill and co

        The sales cart has to be priority for gods sake or am i missing something
        The site look fantastic now but the back end is still absolute trash miles behind any other sales area.
        But other than we know its a BIG concern to our pros comments nothing gets done.
        If its a big concern FIX it

        I have said many times before if you have a captive audience from events they have NO option but try to work with the cart
        On here as a fine art photographer the punter has options and are not forced to stay
        15% you take from my top end and a yearly fee you can’t get that if i don’t get sales..

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:51 am | #38

      If you turn off the smugmug footer in the settings (which has all the smugmug links at the bottom of the page and a copyright 2013 sumugmug at the bottom right) it just shows “Photo sharing by smugmug” at the bottom of all your pages. You can see Thomas Hawks page above which has the footer and the Averyhouse page which does not by clicking the photos.

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:59 am | #39

        So the feature I have now to totally remove it from the footer is gone in the “new” release?

      • July 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm | #40

        Can all mention of “SmugMug” be purged from a customized site by a Pro user? Like over at Zenfolio.

      • July 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm | #41

        Wonder how new branding options will be taken by the users who previously were grandfathered out of using SmugMug footer. I don’t think they’d like it, and I’m _sure_ SmugMug has a way for them to be still grandfathered.

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm | #42

      All the other questions seem to get prompt reply by SmugMug blog staff. So I guess the SmugMug footer is still required. That’s such bad news.

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm | #43

        Colin, thanks for your patience. We’re clearly getting a lot of feedback and are trying to answer them all but the comments keep rolling in faster than we can reply.

        Re: footer branding – Like other many brands out there, we’re very proud of what we’ve done, and need to protect our copyright and our work. We also provide support for your clients who write our Support Heroes (especially when our 100% print guarantee is involved) etc, and they often find us through that link in the footer.

        We currently do not have a pricing model that allows for a completely unbranded SmugMug site, although this is one option that our pros have asked us about. Thanks for your feedback, and we do understand that this is one of the features that pros would like to have.

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm | #44

        Sounds like a big NO to me.

        I don’t know about you, but I don’t want customers to contact SmugMug. It looks like they are just not wanting to give you control over the site that you are paying for.

        Other sites and brands don’t have this stranglehold. And we don’t have it now, so what has changed that all of a sudden we have to start advertising for them? Did the cost go down? No it doubled.

        They claim to be “Ad free” but then stick their Ad on the bottom of our sites. It certainly is NOT Ad free any longer if this is the case.

      • July 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm | #45

        So as a PAYING customer, I have to PAY for your service, have 15% taken off my profit, AND advertise for you. This is AFTER you doubled the price…

      • Jo
        July 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm | #46


      • July 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm | #47

        Hard to believe they force Ads on every site, while claiming that all of their accounts are “Ad free”.

        We don’t have the ads now … huge step backwards.

      • July 31, 2013 at 7:07 pm | #48

        I’m not at all happy about SmugMug putting its name in the footer, and I am exploring alternatives to SmugMug now.

        This is supposed to be my site, the way I want it. That was the attraction to SmugMug – now they are destroying that.

        And what’s this about not having a “pricing model that allows for a completely unbranded SmugMug site”? So, if ever we are to get a pro site that looks like a pro site, we’ll have to pay even more, on top of the pro rate, is that it? After you nearly doubled the rates last year?

        SmugMug – you are losing touch. You are managing your new “thing”, and *not* managing your relationships with your customers, who don’t want this.

        Its all about you now, isn’t it?

      • July 31, 2013 at 9:17 pm | #49

        Putting the Ads into the footer is a deal breaker for me.

        1) I currently have no Ads in my footer – and never did.
        2) They advertise “absolutely No Ads” which will now not be true

        I hope they are working on it now … or I will end up at Zenfolio.

      • December 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm | #50

        That is really a bummer.

        Once I pay to SmugMug, I don’t want its brand on my site.

  17. July 30, 2013 at 11:12 am | #51

    Looks Awesome! Kudo to Smugmug team for all the hard work!! I am impressed!
    Where is “Download All” button, don’t say it’s gone???

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:16 am | #52

      Download All can be found in the Organizer (the little down arrow icon)

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:21 am | #53


      • Steve
        July 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm | #54

        Where is that arrow you’re talking about? Thanks.

  18. July 30, 2013 at 11:14 am | #55

    hi!  the preview link is not working!  help, please!  thanks so much – looking forward to the new look!!   Wendy.Jung owner . photographer . designer .  soggy dog designs {photography . design . FUN!} 


    The Not-So-Subtle Sales Pitch:  soggy dog designs  is, among other things, offering {mini} sesh’s!   Just $30 for 20 mins, includes 1 digital file.  $45 for 40 mins, or $60 for 1 hour – in studio only.   

    3 breezy lane . bath.ME.04530 . 207.653.5500  . www.thesoggyblog.com

    >________________________________ > From: The SmugMug Blog >To: [email protected] >Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:59 AM >Subject: [New post] The New SmugMug Is Here > > > > WordPress.com >SmugMug posted: “Friends, photographers, cameramen, have we got news for you. This morning, we pushed the button on one of the most exciting things we’ve ever built: a whole new SmugMug. We’ve dreamed about bringing you this kind of incredibly beautiful, powerful photo” >

  19. July 30, 2013 at 11:18 am | #57

    Excellent job SmugMug crew! Thank you for doing this. It got me excited about my SmugMug page again.

  20. Amy L
    July 30, 2013 at 11:20 am | #58

    Do we have gallery expiration dates for our clients yet???? Been on the ideas board for like 3 years and nothing’s been said or done about it. At this point I want more easy functions to make my life/client’s viewing figured out first!!

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:41 am | #59

      Hi Amy! We don’t have that with this launch but it’s a very very popular feature request from pros and it’s on our radar. Thanks for the feedback!

  21. July 30, 2013 at 11:24 am | #60

    What about the nice slideshow I have now?
    Is that gone?

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm | #61

      I have the same problem. It does appear to be gone!

      • July 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm | #62

        Steve and Roy, you can drop a slideshow to your homepage using one of the content blocks, although it won’t cover edge to edge, or you can set a full-screen photo as your background.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm | #63

      Why can’t I REPLY to the SmugMug post?

      The stretchy slideshow is the backbone of my website. I get more compliments about that than anything …

      1) I tried the “new” slideshow. It is tiny. I does not cover the whole screen … it is very,very sad. Why deliver less than what we had?

      2) Although I selected no Footer it still shows the SmugMug name which does NOT appear on my current site’s footer.

      3) I cannot see my custom header.

      4) I see photos displayed in a large size from galleries that are password protected. Will they show on my website?

      5) Where is the “map this” button on my home page?

      So these 5 deficiencies are huge steps backward.

      I will be keeping the site I have now.

      Thanks for the preview, but my custom Pro site does’t need a facelift to be able to look like the free Flickr site. I don’t need more than I have, but I certainly don’t want less.

  22. July 30, 2013 at 11:25 am | #64

    It looks awesome! If you guys could just add a blog it would be perfection!
    We are in the process of designing a new website using squarespace because of the limitations of smugmug. We may need to call our designers and tell them to stop! We just need a blog that is seemless!

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:35 am | #65

      We agree, Allen! It would be fantastic, but while we noodle that, it’s super easy to create a new Page and pull in your blog feed directly to your new SmugMug site!

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:36 am | #66

      Hi Allen! Yes, a dedicated blog feature is on our radar, but right now it’s so easy to suck in your existing posts via the RSS content block. Here’s an example of it in the works:


      Also, the fact that you can easily create Pages with any content that you want is super powerful. You can drag in photos, text boxes, HTML boxes, etc, and create a new blog using that alone. Here’s an example of that here:


      • July 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm | #67

        Yes a actual blog mod would be awesome, the method you mention looks good but no RSS and no real history without have a mile long page. This new system almost replaces my need for squarespace, if only you add a real blog page

  23. July 30, 2013 at 11:27 am | #68

    I might just have to come back to smug mug :)

  24. July 30, 2013 at 11:36 am | #69

    Reblogged this on Marketing Art Online.

  25. SB
    July 30, 2013 at 11:39 am | #71

    So I like the new look BUT what about the changes PRO users have been asking for for years? Just about everything else is the same! No control over coupons, emails to clients, expiration dates on galleries… where is the incentive for pros and sales?

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm | #72

      Hi Sandra, this launch was all about building from the ground up and we’re just getting started. We made big changes behind the scenes that allow us to update and build new features more easily, so please keep your ears perked for improvements to other parts of the site… not just customization and organization.

      • David
        July 31, 2013 at 6:27 pm | #73

        This launch was about trying to capitalize on people who are upset with Flicker.

        The new smugmug is not ready, full of bugs, no documentation at all nor tutorials, and it lack many things that should have been a priority. We have been left to figure out things wasting countless hours and growing frustrated.

        At this stage is nothing more than a facelift to modernize the easy configuration of the “old” smugmug. It was focus on those who want to create websites using smugmug and not on the needs of the Pros.

        So sadly, I cannot see myself spending more money and time trying to figure out a convoluted interface that is not intuitive and very limiting. Any real advance customization needs to be done with html and CSS.

        So thanks, but no thanks. Fool me once but not twice.

  26. July 30, 2013 at 11:41 am | #74

    In the customization options do not see where to insert Javascript, has disappeared.
    En las opciones de personalización no veo donde insertar Javascript, ha desaparecido.

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm | #75

      Yes I just noticed that too, I had page that had an “etsy mini” that showed 8 thumbnails from my etsy store. It required some javascript to work. It seems the new smugmug strips the scritp html tags and just shows the code that was between them as plain text.

  27. July 30, 2013 at 11:42 am | #76

    Very excited! I am just wondering if migrating will effect my sync with Photography Blogsites and if there are any special precautions I should take. Thanks! :)

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm | #77

      I want to know the same thing! How does this effect the customizations I have had done earlier this year to my site with my wordpress blog, etc.

  28. July 30, 2013 at 11:42 am | #78

    Great job on the overhaul SM! Having lived in software land in a previous life, I can tell you guys did some hard work and it will pay off for everyone. AND THANK YOU!

  29. July 30, 2013 at 11:43 am | #79

    Steve :

    I hope the “UNVEIL” button has a couple of “ARE YOU SURE?” screens … LOL

    Yes, that is correct. You have to type in “unveil” to verify that you want to do this, since the process is not reversible. We want you to be sure!

  30. July 30, 2013 at 11:44 am | #81

    Is it mandatory to migrate? or can I keep my customized site indefinitely?

    • July 30, 2013 at 4:45 pm | #82

      Sammy you don’t have to migrate now but we recommend that you do because there is no visual impact to your customers, plus you’d get a chance to use our new site organizer. Since change is big and we know it can take a while for busy folks to get used to things, you should be able to stay in preview mode for many months. But we really do hope that you discover all the ways that the new SmugMug will make keeping your photos organized so much easier, and empower you to create a beautiful site without any assistance.

      • July 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm | #83

        I would love to convert right now … just bring back the full screen slideshow, the geo-tagging, the ad-free footer … and I’ll happily give it a go!

      • July 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm | #84

        Can someone officially state that the amazing geo-tagging feature has been eliminated in this “improved” version?

      • July 31, 2013 at 8:36 am | #85

        So, I don’t think Sammy Lo’s question got answered clearly, but from the way your reply is worded, is sounds like there will be an eventual shut-down of the old Smug-Mug and migration will be mandatory at that point. Am I reading this correctly?

      • July 31, 2013 at 10:53 am | #86

        I want to know if the old layout will be abandoned eventually. Since it was mentioned that the css customizations won’t carry thru the migrate I see no point to migrate my site.

      • Sleight O’Hand
        December 30, 2013 at 8:33 am | #87

        And you’ll get to pay smugmug for the privilege of advertising for them…which is un-acceptable and a breach of their ‘no ads’ policy. If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck…

      • Romanse
        January 2, 2014 at 7:08 am | #88

        Sigh….YUP, this is every bit confirming of the huge, “OH NO!” feeling I got when I first read this “exciting” news. This is gonna be another “Phanfare” debacle and those of us who have invested so much hard work, time and MONEY into making our sites what we want are gonna be out in the cold….eventually. .

  31. July 30, 2013 at 11:44 am | #89

    very excited. one question: any changes to video embeds and badges? I have a few on external sites.

  32. July 30, 2013 at 11:46 am | #90

    I loved all of it! Here is a post I made for you guys

  33. Juno@rt
    July 30, 2013 at 11:49 am | #92

    Congratulations to our Smugmug family & I am excited with all news improvements * clap

  34. July 30, 2013 at 11:50 am | #93

    I really wanted to like this, and just might in the future. Right now I am not to thrilled. Bottom line for me, I would have loved to started where I left off (old layout) and built from there. Right now I love the way the old layout lets you put galleries on the home page, and changes the pictures periodically. If there IS an option to do it, I cannot find it. I also got tired of making a layout, clicking preview, and then escaping out only to find out everything I started with was not there. Again…prob my issue but frankly not as user friendly as I had hoped.

    • July 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm | #94

      Hi, we hope that you spend more time in the next few weeks playing around with all the many options and settings within each of those content blocks. You can always add a galleries content block to your homepage, or individual photos, or folders and galleries and photos altogether. The changes you make should stick if you use the Preview and Exit buttons at the top, but let us know if your changes still aren’t saving.


  35. July 30, 2013 at 11:51 am | #95

    I am at the “pick a design” screen …. are there any with a huge slideshow on them like I have now? I don’t see any….

  36. mahalormo
    July 30, 2013 at 11:53 am | #96

    How long will legacy mode be around? I’m a little concerned this is going the way of the other, recent, big name photo site “redo”.

    • July 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm | #97

      Hi, while we recommend that you get familiar with the new SmugMug sooner than later due to the new features that will be offered only on the new system. We won’t be updating legacy SmugMug anymore, in the future, but you have many months to recreate your existing site in the new SmugMug.

      • July 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm | #98

        Mahalormo asked a question and you answered it like a politician. IE you really didint anwswer it at all.

        I’ll repeat the question as it is one I’m sure many of us have:

        How long will we able to continue to use our legacy smugmug sites?

        A straightforward answer would be appreicated.

        thank you.

  37. July 30, 2013 at 11:54 am | #99

    Nice job! Looks wonderful.

  38. July 30, 2013 at 11:55 am | #100

    Is there a new Lightroom Plugin; or will the current one still work?

  39. kim
    July 30, 2013 at 11:56 am | #102

    Looks like a lot of fun, but I just paid one of the designated customizers to do my site. :( Could have saved $500 had I only known.

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm | #103

      I just did the same thing this year Kim, it was 900 I spent………and now my site is blended with my blog from wordpress, etc. and if I try one of the new layouts, all that work and money is down the toilet I think…I am kind of lost and confused. So what are you going to do????

      • CrystalB
        July 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm | #104

        In the same boat as you…I guess I’ll just stick with the Legacy version.

      • kim
        July 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm | #105

        I’m doing nothing. Praying they don’t do away with the legacy version at some point. Who did your customization? I would love to see your site! Mine is http://www.kdaltonphotography.com I am happy with what they did. The new smugmug surely wouldn’t be as personal in the end (so I tell myself).

  40. July 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm | #106

    Steve Mills :
    Download All can be found in the Organizer (the little down arrow icon)

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm | #107

      Can the download all feature be added to galleries??? I really would love for my clients to be able to download their images. it’s a killer feature that I’ve been lusting over for literally 5 years.

      • July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm | #108

        Agree! And your competitors (PASS, Pixieset and etc..) have this killer features!

      • July 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm | #109

        Hi Chris, thanks for the feedback! We’ll be sure that our Product team sees your request.

  41. July 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm | #110

    Are there ANY templates with a slideshow on them?

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm | #111

      Well you can add a slideshow easily to any of the templates using the customize button.

  42. Chuck
    July 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm | #113

    What’s different mobile wise? A new app should be made or the photo app should be integrated with a photo viewer.

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm | #114

      Chuck, previous the mobile version of our site was a default gray and black, and could only show your brand (if you had a customized site) if you uploaded a special banner. Now you don’t have to do a thing and the design you choose automatically adjusts beautifully to mobile viewers.

  43. July 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm | #115

    all I can say is.. what a mess.. who wanted change I sure didn’t…a nice and e-z user friendly interface has just been flushed down the toilet… looks like this is more messed up than Flickr was a month or so ago… when will it end.. yikes.. change for the sake of change.. you are now on the list with Microsoft with their Windows 8 fiasco and Flickr..sad and disappointed :(

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm | #116


    • July 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm | #117

      There are a lot of us who welcome the new changes! I am sure it’s just not for the sake of change. Some will like it, some won’t.. I believe they are on the right path!

      • July 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm | #118

        maybe it’s just that after watching the video from earlier it seemed like it was just a rah-rah session..patting themselves on the back without showing us too much of how the ‘basics’ work.. how to upload.. how to organize.. I don’t want to see specialty sites like big large pics like Flickr just did and ruined their site with a major user uproar that is still going on….

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm | #119

      Hi Stakeout, the live broadcast was supposed to be a demo showing what we did that’s new, but we have a new Getting Started video that will may be more in line with what you’re looking for:


      Thanks for your feedback!

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm | #120

        That video is only relevant for anyone opening a brand new account. A tutorial is desperately needed to help existing users to adapt to the new design. My own homepage is a mess on the new site and unless I get help to sort it out I’ll be stuck with the legacy version forever . . . unless I desert Smugmug altogether which is looking likely.

      • July 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm | #121

        To those asking for more details about how to customize with the new Smugmug, Trey Ratcliffe, whose website is linked in the blog post, posted a video about how he customized his site here http://youtu.be/cjxXxNnXdo8

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm | #122

        that won’t do it.. been a paid-member for a while now.. you pointed me to just a Get Started video… with a guy with a ‘sing-song’ sales pitch voice.. just what I needed now that I am really ticked off.. what a mess… you guys ruined a great site..

  44. July 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm | #123

    Does anyone know if migrating to a new design will continue to work with Jeffrey Friedl’s jf SmugMug plugin for Lightroom? I’m using the latest version with Lightroom 4 and it would be really nice to know I will continue to be able to use his plugin to update folders and stay in sync after adopting the new layouts.

    Otherwise, despite all the past work copying and pasting in CSS and stuff after reading hundreds of comments in the help threads, what I’ve seen from just playing around for an hour seems to be offer more than enough for me to dump the “old” and welcome the new. It might take a few days to get there – but I’m looking forward to adopting the new tools.

    Congratulations to everyone at SmugMug. This is really impressive.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm | #124

      Hi Richard, the word on the street is that it should work but may not have access to your gallery structure until the plugin is updated to our new API. Please contact Jeffrey if you have any other technical questions or feedback! Our SmugMug publish tool for Lightroom has been updated, so you can use that in the meantime:


      We hope that you really do love customizing in the new SmugMug. Even adding HTML and CSS should be much simpler to do, now. Thanks for your support, Richard!

      • July 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm | #125

        Thank you. I had forgotten that you had your own plug-in as well. I’ll check with Jeffrey to learn where his plans are too.

  45. July 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm | #126

    Earlier this year I hired a wonderful web designer recommended by SmugMug to incorporate a wordpress blog and some pages into my site, blending it all together to look like one site. I spent a large investment doing this. I would really love to be able to use the NEW improved SmugMug layouts, but SIGH at the thought of investing yet more money to have the web designer re patch it together if and when I make the change. Any words of wisdom, or comfort??????

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm | #127

      Hi Kelly and we’re sorry to hear that you had just hired someone to do this recently. We did battle long and hard about this very issue but we are letting users play with their previews for many months. Hopefully you will be able to find a design and create a site that you love just as much in the meantime, and you should be able to do so much of it all by yourself, without using any code. Please give it a try and of course, we’re always listening to your feedback!

    • Romanse
      January 2, 2014 at 7:11 am | #128

      Close your eyes and think of England….

  46. robertlee79
    July 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm | #129

    Two things…

    1. There should be a ‘cancel’ when making edits in the customize. meaning, I did something wrong and I don’t want to publish now and I don’t want to publish later. Any way for them to be ‘thrown out’?
    2. Sharing a video is not the same as sharing a single photo. How can we share a direct video without it going to the gallery or me having to grab the code from one of the embed options? There’s no ‘Video Links’.
    3. Editing Smokey theme, looks like public view in comments area is screwy. Hope we don’t have issues with templates in future where we can’t troubleshoot. Off to smugmug support I go.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm | #130

      There is a revert button at the top of the edit panel where it says “entire site” “homepage” etc. there’s a little curved arrow.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm | #131

      Hi Robert, you can still get video links and video embed links by clicking the Share icon under your video, and clicking to the Embeddable Links tab, just like before. Also, just pasting the link to the video in the gallery will automatically embed as a player on most sites.

      If this isn’t what you mean, could you clarify?

  47. July 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm | #132

    can’t even access my Smugmug site… like I said .. a mess… I don’t want to try it out but somehow it’s doing it preventing me from accessing my site… no way to stop it…just great… no options or dfrop downs… everything is gone… the ‘new look’ stinks..

  48. JACK
    July 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm | #133

    This looks incredible, and has come at a time when i have one last shift at work and then three photo shoots and then a week of playing organising and being busy once again.

    I’m loving the sandbox mode this is pure simple genius. Knowing that my fans and clients will still see my old site before the new updated one ill be busy creating it means also that whilst there looking at the new one im working behind the scenes on new tweaks and updates.

    You just gave me a jump start back into my design side of life and into my photography again.

    Thanks for all the hard work and the dedication you give, you proved all the cynics wrong and the ones who dont like change wrong too.

    Totally magnificent.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm | #134

      Hi Jack and thanks for the lovely comment. I’ve shared this with our team because we love hearing that you’re inspired to go back to your site and back to photography. Good luck and don’t forget to share what you build with us!

  49. Linda.E
    July 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm | #135

    Mobile Compatibility Issues? Since the big release this morning I can’t get http://www.smugmug.com to load on my Gen1 iPad, iOS 5.1.1. Safari just crashes & crashes…

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm | #136

      Hi Linda, that doesn’t sound good, or intended. Would you please send info about what you’re doing (if anything different) and tell our Support Heroes? http://help.smugmug.com/

  50. zilosphoto
    July 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm | #137

    I’m having issues with the Lightroom PLugin. Will there be a new one? It has trouble connecting to it.

  51. robertlee79
    July 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm | #139

    robertlee79 :
    Two things…
    1. There should be a ‘cancel’ when making edits in the customize. meaning, I did something wrong and I don’t want to publish now and I don’t want to publish later. Any way for them to be ‘thrown out’?
    2. Sharing a video is not the same as sharing a single photo. How can we share a direct video without it going to the gallery or me having to grab the code from one of the embed options? There’s no ‘Video Links’.
    3. Editing Smokey theme, looks like public view in comments area is screwy. Hope we don’t have issues with templates in future where we can’t troubleshoot. Off to smugmug support I go.

    Sorry, that was 3 things. Also, have all browsers been tested for each template? Smokey on IE8 looks pretty screwy but is ok in Firefox and Chrome.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm | #140

      Hi Robert, our testers have hit as many things as they could but of course it’s completely possible that they missed something. Could you let our Heroes know what you see? http://help.smugmug.com/

  52. July 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm | #141

    Lost my slideshow on homepage one step backwards

  53. July 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm | #143

    It’s even better than I imagined! The only thing it doesn’t have that I was hoping for is an integrated blog. I pointed my domain at my blog instead of my Smugmug site because I learned somewhere that having a dynamic front page is better for SEO. Would using “Recent Uploads” for my Smugmug homepage serve this purpose? Although I’d rather showcase my best photos on my homepage. I wish I could do both.

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm | #144

      I just found replies above about blogging. Awesome! Sorry for not reading all the comments before posting.

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm | #145

        Hi Michele, no worries. There are a lot of comments here! Glad that you found the info and hope that you can customize your site to get exactly the perfect blend of photos and text. :)

  54. July 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm | #146

    Perhaps a stupid question, but interesting from a SEO point of view. I invested years in getting specific URL’s to be decently ranked by Google and Bing. Will the old URL’s still work after migration?

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm | #147

      Hi Jaap, as long as you don’t move those pages into a different folder or location on your site, the URLs shouldn’t change with effect to your SEO. And yes, your old URLs should still work.

  55. Alice Quade
    July 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm | #148

    When I click the preview button, it say that it cannot “find any content to match”. How do I get to my pictures?

  56. July 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm | #149

    Perhaps a stupid question, but interesting from a SEO point of view. I invested years in getting specific URL’s to be decently ranked by Google and Bing. Especially the keyword-based ones. Will the old URL’s still work after migration?

  57. david Medina
    July 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm | #150

    Disappointed to what can be called at best a facelift. None of the core functionality that need to changed was change, just the way things look. Time to leave smugmug for good.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm | #151

      David, we completely overhauled the way users manage their photos with the new 7-layers-deep, drag-and-drop organizer (which we think is a core feature), but we do understand that we won’t always be the best solution for everyone. Thanks for your feedback and good luck!

  58. Jillian C
    July 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm | #152

    Big improvement in the look and style of the site. I still not ready to come back. Option for self-fullfillment is huge for me for certain products because I love my hometown pro lab. I know another photog friend who is looking for a site to sell her actions in addition to her photography and textures.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm | #153

      Jillian, thanks for weighing in. We know that self-fulfillment is a big request from many pros, and you can be sure that we’re aware of its need. Thank you for taking the time to remind us about this!

  59. July 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm | #154

    Hi, still hoping for the “Export Price List” option to an xcl file. Any chance that will happen soon? Thanks.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm | #155

      Hi Margaret, that’s on our radar, along with improvements to other features. Thanks for the feedback!

  60. July 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm | #156

    Can someone from Smugmug categorically say whether or not if you go to preview mode, you can return to your original site if you don`t like what you see?
    Many thanks.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm | #157

      Hi Bob, you can always switch between your preview mode and your old site. Just look for the “View Legacy Site” in the blue banner at the top of your page. It’s the “unveil” button that is a permanent one-way street. Hope this helps!

  61. Vespone
    July 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm | #158

    Have you improved the search functionality? Because the old search functionality was severely lacking.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm | #159

      Vespone, can you give us more info about what boxes aren’t ticked for you in our Search feature? Or better yet, weigh in on our official feedback forum, if you haven’t already: http://feedback.smugmug.com/

  62. July 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm | #160

    Finally! Welcome to XXI century ;)

  63. July 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm | #161

    There are some inconsistencies; it would be nice if it would be possible to set the same settings for all the galleries in one go, and there are some other things which are not working that great either.

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm | #162

      While right now there isn’t a way to multi-select ALL galleries, but if you open up the site organizer you can change and apply settings to all galleries in a folder (Category) at once. Thanks for the feedback about needing site-wide editing, as well!

  64. July 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm | #163

    have i missed something or am i just not getting it
    I love how the sierra one looks but as soon as i try to customise it cannot use one of my photos as the backdrop?
    i seem to be stuck with naff crap art photos which your granny wouldn’t want to admit to I try to put one of mine in and all it lets you do it put it in a tiny box in the middle
    Help is as ever offline..

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm | #164

      John, I checked your site and it looks like it’s fitting across the page from edge to edge. I hope this means you found the right setting to get your photo as the background.

      Our Heroes are very busy now as thousands of SmugMuggers are hitting the new site all at once, so we do need to ask people to be more patient than on a regular Tuesday. Thanks for your patience.

  65. July 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm | #165

    can’t seem to get back to my original site after checking out the preview modes. anyone want to clue me in, please??’

    • Sid
      July 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm | #166

      Janet, this is because you’re logged in. If you log out, you’ll see the same thing your guests are seeing (the non “New Smugmug” version of your site).

  66. July 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm | #168

    This is AWESOME. It’s definitely going to save me time and money in the long run. I appreciate this so much. I was really worried about the upgrade, but now I’m itching to get started!

  67. July 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm | #169

    Am I the only one frustrated with the changes? Now when clients log onto my website, my slideshow does not play and instead they see a big box that says “Password needed.” So people need a password just to get into my website? Hoping I don’t lose business by new customers who are frustrated not being able to get into my website. I have already sent an email directly to Smugmug; hoping to hear back very soon so that this can be fixed. Thanks.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm | #170

      They did that to my site too last week. If you tell support about they should fix it pretty quick.

      • July 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm | #171

        Thank you; hoping they can fix it on my site quickly too.

  68. July 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm | #172

    I just starting playing around with it but why does it look like I can no longer remove photos hosted by smugmug? That along will make me leave this service at over 7 years

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm | #173

      Not sure what you mean, I just went to one of my photos and in the tools button just under the photo, there is a delete option. And if you go to the organizer, you can select multiple photos and hit the trash can delete button.

    • Sid
      July 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm | #174

      Echoing what Josh said. You can delete photos from the Organizer. You can delete just individual photos, or multiple photos by shift/control-clicking, or delete entire folders of images.

      • speedphotos
        July 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm | #175

        That is not what I meant, I am talking about in the footer. I don’t want people to know I am using smugmug. Nothing agents them but before this update you could hide all of there branding. Maybe you still can with CSS

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm | #176

      I’m with you on that one. I lose my great slideshow, the header, the footer … and I can’t get an answer on where the “map this” button disappeared to.

      • speedphotos
        July 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm | #177

        Me to, I loved my homepage full screen slide show and it no longer will work. At first I was excited because I assumed any of the templates could run as a slide show but it does not look like they can.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm | #178

      Yes, apparently you MUST show the SmugMug branding footer, which comes in two forms: “Copyright SmugMug” or “Photo Hosting by SmugMug”. You cannot opt out.

      • July 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm | #179

        Then for sure I am not downgrading.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm | #180

        That has always been the rule. Guess you’re just finding out today.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm | #181

        That is not true … I don’t have it now, and I never have.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm | #182

        Well steve you used custom code to remove it which that’s your preference. You’re not supposed to and no one shoudl care that it’s there. Plus you’re lame.

  69. July 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm | #183

    Where do I select to use MY background photo?
    It only lists other people’s work which is ridiculous.

    • Sid
      July 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm | #184

      This exists, it’s just a bit hidden.

      Go to “Customize” and then “Customize Site”. Select the “Theme” tab. Click the tiny wrench icon to the right of your active theme. Select the “Background” tab in the dialog that pops up. The first option in that dialog is “Background Photo,” which will allow you to choose any image you want as the background image.

      Hope this helps!

  70. July 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm | #185

    Steve :
    Where do I select to use MY background photo?
    It only lists other people’s work which is ridiculous.

    EXACTLY my point
    I dont want some other dudes stuff on my site

    • Sid
      July 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm | #186

      (Copied from my response to Steve, so you’ll see it too):

      This exists, it’s just a bit hidden.

      Go to “Customize” and then “Customize Site”. Select the “Theme” tab. Click the tiny wrench icon to the right of your active theme. Select the “Background” tab in the dialog that pops up. The first option in that dialog is “Background Photo,” which will allow you to choose any image you want as the background image.
      Hope this helps!

      • July 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm | #187

        Really? Why doesn’t it default to select one of MY photos … since I am a photographer … kinda the point of the background isn’t it?

      • July 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm | #188

        thank you Sid :-)

  71. July 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm | #189

    I HATE it!!! I wanted a simple, easy to use proofing site, not some Flickr copy cat. My clients will NEVER be able to figure this out. Hell, I can’t figure it out. It SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS!!!

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm | #190

      Elizabeth, thanks for your feedback. We’re sorry to hear that you find it complicated to navigate. I took a look at your previewed site and think it looks gorgeous, but if you’re worried that your clients won’t be able to find their galleries, what you can do is this:

      1) Try putting a Galleries content box on your homepage. You’ll find it under the Navigation section of your customization panel. Right now it looks like your displaying photos from a single gallery only.

      2) You can edit the settings of the Galleries box to display the name of each gallery underneath the thumbnail. This way your clients will know which one to click on.

      Our heroes will be happy to offer some ideas for you to get the site that you want, but since you’re in preview mode, your clients are still seeing the same site that you’ve always had. You’ve got time!

      • colleen
        October 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm | #191

        Help heroes.. I procrastinated, and finally migrated over but cannot figure out my client’s experience (and how they’d find and buy their prints).. is there a tutorial on this? I am trying to figure out steps 1, 2, 3 detailed here for Elizabeth. I LOVE the front end, and I think this was a difficult but overdue move for Smugmug; I’m a loyal smugger so I have to figure this client side out quickly!!

    • August 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm | #192

      grow up.

      • Romanse
        January 2, 2014 at 7:23 am | #193

        A grown up would know that is a forum for people to discuss the new changes. How does making personal attacks on users make you grown up???

  72. July 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm | #194

    ok i logged out and got back to my original site, but can’t seem to get to where i can edit my original site. when i logged back in, i’m taken back to the preview again.

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm | #195

      Hi Janet, look for the banner at the top of your site and you should see two buttons: One to switch back to legacy view, and the other to permanently unveil your site. Just be sure to hit the first one.

      • July 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm | #196

        tried hitting the legacy view and it took me to a page to set up a new gallery ???

  73. Rick Brillhart
    July 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm | #197

    I may have missed it in my review of the comments, but will linked URL addresses still be viable when I migrate? I use this site to link my photos to Social media and Net Forums. Will these links be lost once I migrate?

    • speedphotos
      July 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm | #198

      I would also like to know this.

      • July 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm | #199

        Your old links should still work, even if your reorganize your site. This is because the Image Key is built into the URL. Hope this helps!

  74. July 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm | #200

    I cant seem to get my galleries right…that’s my only issue. I am worthless when it comes to this stuff, so just some help would be nice. :)

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm | #201

      Krissy, we will have a lot of tips, tricks and ideas coming through this very blog in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

  75. July 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm | #202

    The new design is very impressive, but I was really disappointed that self-fulfillment was not part of the changes. This has been the #1 priority on my wish list. Will this feature be coming anytime soon? I couldn’t imagine that implementing this on SmugMug’s end would be terribly complicated from a technical standpoint.

  76. AK
    July 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm | #203

    Is the ability to embed a photo slideshows on other sites gone? This was under “show off” before and was only available in Flash?

  77. jps photography
    July 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm | #204

    I agree with Elizabeth! Simple tools for customers! I hope I don’t have to migrate, Ill lose business!

  78. July 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm | #205

    You never cease to amaze! I’ve been with Smugmug I think since 2004 and it’s been a joyous ride with changes that always seem to show how much Smugmug knows and understands the needs of their customers.

  79. July 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm | #206

    My current site is organized exactly they way I want it. I’m not interested in any of the new templates, and it doesn’t seem as though I can organize it the same way as the old one. I want to keep my site they way it is. I did migrate my photos and played around a bit, but I’m not interested. Can I keep my site the way it is?

  80. July 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm | #207

    As a Pro, it seems to be very unprofessional to have to display advertising for the “hosting” company. Customers want the feel of not being harassed with information that does not apply to their needs.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm | #208

      I will be curious whether people who removed the branding with code can still do so after migrating. There are a lot of people who probably assume they can silence that footer, but probably not! It really is unprofessional, SmugMug. Zenfolio does not require its Pro users to include a branding footer, by the way. You should follow their example.

    • speedphotos
      July 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm | #209

      I agree with this and hope we can hide it with code like Colin said but most likely not.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm | #210

      I’ll also be curious about all the people who forked out hundreds of dollars getting 3rd-party people to customize their sites…part of the customization usually involved hiding the SmugMug footer. So those people are stuck, I suspect. They will not be happy, I suspect.

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm | #211

        I paid hundreds to get mine customized and I really hope I can keep my site in the old platform for as long as I want. Otherwise, Smugmug will have to a find a fix if they want to keep their customers.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm | #212

      Agreed. Huge step backwards.

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm | #213

      Plus it is totally contrary to their advertising of NO ADS. Then they stick their own ad on it!

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm | #214

      No it doesn’t. Your statement is in fact invalid.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm | #215

        We never had this before … why are you forcing this on us now?
        Isn’t a new release for improving what you have – not removing the features?

  81. July 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm | #216

    Well you just lost one customer, and I’m sure more will follow. I wanted to change, because Flickr changed into something equally horrible, and what I wanted was just as the old smugmug. So now I’m back at square one. Thank God I didn’t pay for this – absolutely horrible.

  82. July 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm | #217

    I dont like any of the templates/designs as I had mine previously customized by Fastline Media. However, I do like the gallery styles of the new Smugmug. And the only way to avail that is switching to the new platform, Bummer! I hope there’s a fix in carrying over your old customization, or maybe professional customizers like FM will offer some type of discount if it calls for a totally new customization.

    • July 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm | #218

      Out of curiosity, did your customizer remove the SmugMug footer?

      • July 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm | #219

        I believe the “non-removable” footer was introduced at some point and anyone who was a customer before that time (like me) was still able to remove the entire footer.

        It looks like they are trying to strip that away from the long time customers now. Smuggers correct me if I am wrong …

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm | #220

        Yep, I’ve been using SM for some time now and I never had any SM branding – now I do. I suspect they are going to get hammered on this one.

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm | #221

        My condolences.

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm | #222

        You can push it off the screen with a separator (now you have a scroll bar on the right), but the separator leaves a mask as well….

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm | #223

        Not completely, which is totally fine with me. It appears as “Site Credits”, and it will only expand showing Smugmug and the Customizer’s company name when clicked.

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm | #224

        ….that didn’t work.

  83. July 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm | #225

    that Smugmug video was just a rah-rah session… no decent worthwhile info besides that.. can’t understand all these people liking the new site… no way this is easier and simpler to use than the old site–it’s all over the place.. sure it shows off pics just like Flickr.. but who wants it ..what a disappointment.. I like my old site.. got it the way I want it.. have no desire to change it with all these new templates..

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm | #226

      No. You are silly.

      • Romanse
        January 2, 2014 at 7:30 am | #227

        Yes, name calling is silly, isn’t it? ; )

  84. July 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm | #228

    For people who had no customization in place, I guess this could be an improvement. But most of the templates look like that awful Flickr site. It is free though so you can’t complain about that.

    I know I will lose my great slideshow, and my footer, and my header …

    But can someone tell me where the “Map This” button can be found for all my Geo-Tagged galleries????

  85. ira
    July 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm | #229

    Really hoping the “Edit Gallery Settings” where I was able to link to another webspace to add MY music … is available in the new site but sadly, I don’t see it from playing in the Sandbox. PRETTY PLEASE, PROVE ME WRONG. How do I reestablish that part in ALL of my legacy galleries. I did send a HELP@ msg a few hrs ago. I am sure I will get a response.

  86. July 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm | #230

    Looks great! I’ve already implemented the changes and am loving the new look and functionality. A couple of bits of feedback: 1. Please implement a keyboard shortcut to hide photos (like the “h” key you used to be able to do), or enable this ability through the organizer for batch (both would be awesome). 2. Allow us to drag galleries around within the gallery container. I dragged a container to my page, set it to let me choose the galleries, but I can’t arrange them after that (it’s a one-off page). 3. Allow us to zoom in on the organizer photos, the small thumbnails make it a tad difficult at times!

    Believe me, these aren’t gripes…I love the new site and am a happily paying customer! Just a couple of bits of user-feedback! Thanks Smugmug!!

  87. July 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm | #231

    Phillip Guyton Jr. :

    Yes a actual blog mod would be awesome, the method you mention looks good but no RSS and no real history without have a mile long page. This new system almost replaces my need for squarespace, if only you add a real blog page

    Hi Phillip, you can manually specify the limit to how many entries show on your RSS feed, so you can set it to display as few as 1 entry or as many as all. Play around with it and see if it works for you. Cheers!

  88. July 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm | #232

    Does anyone know if we lost the automatic geotagging too?

  89. Steve
    July 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm | #233

    I’ve been actively watching the “request” line for a long time and cannot remember the “I wish my site looked more like flickr” being heavily requested.

    In the last year it seems like those at smugmug have forgotten why so many of us loved their service so much.

    All the time spent making our sites unique has been tossed out the window with this “new and improved” look.

    The important things like keeping our branding (not smugmug branding) doesn’t seem to matter at all. Updated coupons, self fulfillment, and other top requests seem to have fallen on deaf ears once again.

    I’ll be waiting to see how long we are permitted to keep our old websites before they become “unsupported” and we are forced to accept this “new and improved” upgrade.

    If someone from smugmug is actually taking the time to read this comment section, I’d love to hear some answers to the questions about the longest and most requested items were left out of this new upgrade.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm | #234

      The best part of this release is making me realize how awesome the site was before!

      Thank you SmugMug … for allowing me to see how amazing the legacy system is!!!!

      Huge beautiful slideshows, custom headers, AD FREE footers, auto geo-tagging … etc, etc, etc.

      IT ROCKS!

      Going through the curtain back to First Class now …

      • Romanse
        January 2, 2014 at 7:32 am | #235

        I feel your pain, Steve.

    • nick
      July 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm | #236

      Steve, I am with you and others. I am not a professional, but I direct friends to my site to download photos that they want. I have the photos in galleries by year. I did not see, on the examples given, where the name of the gallery is front and center. I did not see an answer to that question on any of the comments so far.

      Many are correct, it looks more like flickr than smugmug. And, along with others, I am wondering if we will eventually be forced into the system.

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm | #237

      I couldn’t agree more. This on the back of previous (now thankfully fixed) uploading issues. What are the alternatives? (happy to pay).

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm | #238

      You are wrong.

  90. July 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm | #239

    SmugMug :
    Hi Stakeout, the live broadcast was supposed to be a demo showing what we did that’s new, but we have a new Getting Started video that will may be more in line with what you’re looking for:

    Thanks for your feedback!

    That’s only of use to someone opening a new account. A tutorial is needed to help existing users to customise their new pages before publishing.

  91. July 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm | #240

    Colin Purrington :
    Out of curiosity, did your customizer remove the SmugMug footer?

    Not completely, which is totally fine with me. It appears as “Site Credits”, and it will only expand showing Smugmug and the Customizer’s company name when clicked.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm | #241

      I really wish SmugMug allowed us to provide credit _somewhere_ on our site. But forcing it in footer on every page is a real design bummer.

      • July 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm | #242

        Just don’t migrate. I am certainly not.
        I can get a Flickr site for free.

        I now know why no template has slideshows on them.

        They ruined the best parts of the site.

  92. July 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm | #243

    I haven’t got the vaguest effing clue how to work with this site, now. And quite frankly, I don’t have the time or patience to try and figure it out. You’ve gone and made something that was pretty simple to use into a convoluted mess. I don’t even know where or how to begin. Guess I’ll be looking for someone else to host my site. Thanks for the trouble.

    • Randy
      July 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm | #244

      My impression as well.

      • July 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm | #245

        I set up a test site at Wix.com out of curiosity recently using their FREE option . It uses a DIY design approach which actually works and even for a dummy like me was was easy to understand. And, interestingly it has all the modern-day features I need including a store. Looks pretty good too. This new-look Smugmug is not an exciting new thing… it’s just a catch up with the rest of the world thing… except it’s broken and my, and others Smugmug sites are currently screwed…

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm | #246

      It’s actually very simple to use. Far easier than before and far more expandable. Maybe spend more than 5minutes looking at it ;)

  93. July 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm | #247

    Thanks so much for addressing the issue. So those who were grandfathered are still grandfathered? And those who purged footer themselves or who purged via 3rd-party customizer will have branding restored when migrating to New SmugMug? I know that _hundreds_ of people privately messaged me over the years with the code needed to eliminate it…so I know it was commonly done.

    SmugMug :
    Colin, thanks for your patience. We’re clearly getting a lot of feedback and are trying to answer them all but the comments keep rolling in faster than we can reply.
    Re: footer branding – Like other many brands out there, we’re very proud of what we’ve done, and need to protect our copyright and our work. We also provide support for your clients who write our Support Heroes (especially when our 100% print guarantee is involved) etc, and they often find us through that link in the footer.
    We currently do not have a pricing model that allows for a completely unbranded SmugMug site, although this is one option that our pros have asked us about. Thanks for your feedback, and we do understand that this is one of the features that pros would like to have.

  94. July 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm | #251

    This looks big and very promising! Congrats! Will start to explore the features over the next few weeks.

  95. July 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm | #252

    Thank you and congratullations! Very good job! You just prevented me from leaving you. I was considering that step for the last few months. What would make me very happy would be an app for ios that would be able to download the photos so that I could show my entire portfolio being off-line.

  96. July 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm | #253

    I’ve read through this whole list. It appears that:

    1) The stretchy slide show which many of us love on our Home page is gone forever. ???
    2) The map function has disappeared
    3) Not sure if the slide show feature is still available for each gallery.

  97. July 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm | #254

    I had a ton of html type stuff going on in caption boxes under photos for various reasons and that’s all broken now. All the formatting is gone on text and it just looks really ugly. This is going to be a lot of work to fix. Any quick fixes out there?

  98. July 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm | #255

    One question. Once I hit the “Migrate” button, what will my website look like at that moment?

  99. July 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm | #256

    I do have a stretchy slide show working on the homepage and it looks good. Galleries look MUCH better when tweaked. All is good except my html in caption boxes getting all screwed up.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm | #257

      Good to know. What did you do to create a stretchy slideshow on your home page?

      • speedphotos
        July 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm | #258

        I would love to know what you were using for the stretchy slideshow also. In my ideal world I could keep the homepage slide show as is but update all the gallery stuff because I do think those look better. I just don’t like the homepage options.

      • July 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm | #259

        Wish I could remember exactly, I found a choice for stretchy in the overall settings and a sizing option in the slideshow stuff. I’m so frustrated right now trying to get all the HTML stuff I had in caption boxes to work and I’ve wiped everything out and started from scratch three times. Luckily when I log out the old site comes back fine! Also what you can do in the “sandbox” seems to be limited to overall customization and I think there are fixes I will need to do after I go live. Going live will make much of the site look like shit unless I hide those pages until I can fix them. This is all exactly what I was afraid of. They let us do all that customization to the old site and now they have broken it all.

  100. July 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm | #260

    Is there a way how to first prepare the new website and then hit the “Migrate” button?

  101. July 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm | #261

    I am still confused. If I “migrate” so I can play in the “sandbox” and decide never to “publish” or “unveil”, will my site remain unchanged as a legacy site?

    Right now the wording says Legacy (unmigrated)……

    These terms seem to be thrown around and are not being used consistently with the same meaning….

  102. July 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm | #262

    my guess is the powers to be at Smugmug will let us keep the old Smugmug for a short while.. then they’ll require us to convert over to the new format… I guess they got bored and wanted to hire some engineers to come up with a new look…tell us how great it is in the video today …sorta like MS did with Win 8.. and Yahoo did with Flickr.. oh I shouldn’t forget what Adobe did with their Photoshop subscription-only debacle ..ruining all in a big way.. unless you’re big into social media .. FB and the like which I am NOT.. this upgrade does absolutely zero–change for the sake of change… they ruined a great site ..very very sad :(

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm | #263

      I’m afraid this is what’s going to happen – force us to migrate to the new platform in the future, and this will totally be unfair for people like me who paid hundreds for customization alone. But incase they let us retain the old system for as long as we want, I just really hope that they don’t screw up the loading speed of our websites.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm | #264

      Thankfully your site is already ugly so it can only get better!

      • Romanse
        January 2, 2014 at 7:39 am | #265

        You really need to be banned from this forum. I don’t understand why you think that making personal attacks on other users for their comments that are not about YOU is in any way, shape or form acceptable? WHY does Smug Mug think this is acceptable??

  103. K
    July 30, 2013 at 2:29 pm | #266

    my site broken what is going on?

  104. July 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm | #267

    Did Smugmug just blow up? I can’t get in.

  105. Scott
    July 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm | #268

    The web cast was disturbing. Sounded as dumb as the Apple guys do when they have a keynote. Very condescending. Web templates aren’t that good and the file upload doesn’t work anymore or right now. I’ve been a customer for years but this is a step backwards for sure. I’m going to cancel my subscription unless something changes and fast. After promising a big wonderful change that works great, my first 10 minutes on the new site has been a big enough let down to have me cancel.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm | #269

      I agree. I don’t know why they would abandon the features and functionality that they took years to develop. I am SOOOO glad they had the incredible foresight to make this optional. I can’t imagine losing my slideshow, geo-tagging, custom header, ad-free footer, etc.

      It does make me appreciate how awesome the legacy site is.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm | #270

      Switch apple guys with your name. Perfect. Maybe use the site for a minute or an hour. You are lame.

  106. July 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm | #271

    Hmm, not very impressive. My site nhoover.smugmug.com doesn’t work any more. Blank pages even if you know the URL to a specific gallery.

    • Steve
      July 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm | #272

      Apparently the “new and improved” needs a tweak.

      Their status shows:

      July 30, 2:39PM The site is in read only mode while we make repairs.

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm | #273

      Yep, you have a nice big fat blank page.. WTH?

  107. July 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm | #274

    someone please help. I get this error: http://imgur.com/IHqs2Zj when i try to upload to SMugmug via Lightroom using the new plugin (v

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm | #275

      We’re aware of this problem and are working to fix it. Thanks for your patience!

      • KatS
        July 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm | #276

        Help! I’m having the same error/problem & can’t update my site through Lightroom. Have you found a fix?

  108. July 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm | #277

    currently I am not able to get in , I was in earlier.

    now you just get : SmugMug’s Sorcerers are giving the site some TLC …….

  109. CrystalB
    July 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm | #279

    My site is no longer working as well. awesome.

  110. July 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm | #280

    Glad it’s not just me…guess too much enthusiasm volume!

  111. July 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm | #281

    this is all giving me a huge headache. silly me for thinking anything would be improved. i can’t get into my old site to do any editing. keeps taking me to the preview when i log in. really ANNOYING!!!!

  112. July 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm | #282

    The new changes are AWESOME! Right now looks like everyone is playing with their new toy…system may be getting bogged down. Having issues accessing my sight and making changes. I guess I will need to get in line.

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm | #283

      Hi David and thanks for being so understanding. :) We have been experiencing a bout of serious popularity this afternoon and all of us are working hard to get the bumps evened out.

  113. K
    July 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm | #284

    the site broken and can not log in.

  114. geecee
    July 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm | #285


  115. July 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm | #286

    I try to get into my site all I get is a black page !!!
    You better help me with this otherwise I quit.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm | #287

      And then ten others will take your place and be happy :)

  116. July 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm | #288

    My site is personalised and does not seem to be there at present !

  117. Steve
    July 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm | #289

    Check the smugmug status:

    July 30, 2:39PM The site is in read only mode while we make repairs.

  118. July 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm | #290

    Is there any way to get me to go to the Legacy Site when I log in?
    I have determined that the new site is not anywhere near as functional nor as robust as the old site so I am not converting. I don’t want to have to take extra steps to get to manage my site?


  119. July 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm | #291

    My website no longer loads. I get a blank page!


  120. July 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm | #293

    I’m telling you.. they ruined a great site… sometimes my old site pops up.. other times I’m stuck looking at new templates or whatever that is.. garbage.. pure unadulterated garbage.. looking for a new site-master for sure.. this is just not gonna cut it…

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm | #294

      Then go and stop complaining. Remember the haters are gonna hate. SO leave and make this community cheerier and happy once again :)

  121. July 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm | #295

    Same here, Black Page also. :(

  122. Randy
    July 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm | #296

    Not happy

  123. July 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm | #297

    Is there a detailed tutorial for dummies somewhere? I’ve gone through the help… but it didn’t really help. I’ve just ended up with one big horrible mess trying to set up the new site. None of it makes much sense to me and things don’t seem to work how I would expect them to. My live Smugmug homepage URL now has an action picture of a dirt bike as the background. How do I get rid of that? I want one of my pictures!

    This migration thing is a total disaster for me I’m afraid. My site is all messed up, broken and I don’t know how to fix it.

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm | #298

      Hi Ian, I checked out your site and I didn’t see the bike photo you were referring to so presumably you’ve found a way to remove it or at least try a different design. We’re sorry to hear that things aren’t going easily right away but please let us know what you need help with. We’ll be posting tips and tricks in the next few weeks that will help guide you along the way. Plus, we’ll be updating our help pages too, but it may be a few days until we get through them all.

  124. Steve
    July 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm | #299

    How do we get back to our regular log in once we’ve previewed and decided the new and improved sucks?

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm | #300

      Yup, I definitely want this “preview buttons” out of my screen too…

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm | #301

      i’m with ian and steve. you have to log off of the preview. but, when you log back in, you’ll be taken back to the preview. i can’t get to where i can edit my original site. i’ve asked a couple times now, but doesn’t seem anyone is seeing my question. helloooo… is this thing on!!!?? steve the log off is up under one of the drop downs. can’t get back on there right now to be more specific. my brain is about to explode.

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:42 pm | #302

      Steve, you should see a banner at the top of your screen with two buttons: One for going back to Legacy SmugMug and the other is to permanently Unveil your new site.

      Be sure to click the first one, and you can switch back and forth as often as you wish.

      • July 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm | #303

        How do you stop that screen from coming up so that you don’t have to pick the legacy button every single time?

  125. Randy
    July 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm | #304

    An extra $20 a year to get a pre-made design seems a bit steep.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm | #305

      Plus the hundreds of other things that were added that cost them thousands. Maybe sell one more print a year to offset. Or complain… it’s your choice.

  126. July 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm | #306

    Yeah baby! :-) Thx. guys – looks great!

  127. July 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm | #307

    Back sort of working now …

  128. July 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm | #308

    Hi, I need some clarification on the unveil vs. publish distinction (if there is one) for the new site release. I’m using the “sandbox” mode to play with the new features. I’ve made some customizations, and then click “done,” then I get a dialog box that says “Publish Changes Now?” and I can either publish now or publish later. Since I don’t have it all dialed in yet, I pushed “publish later.” But then it goes back to where it was before I made any of the changes I just made. So, my question is this:

    If I push “publish now” is that the same as “unveiling” my new site (ie, making it all visible to the world, irreversible, etc.)? Or will that just “publish” the changes that I just made to my “sandbox” preview mode so that I can continue tinkering with it before “unveiling?”


    • July 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm | #309

      “Publish Now” seems to be “Save The Changes” – rather ambiguous!

      • July 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm | #310

        So, just to be sure – “publish now” will NOT unveil my site to the world, is that right?

      • July 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm | #311

        I took a chance clicked “Publish Now” – changes were saved and meanwhile my old site still seems to be intact. Phew!

      • July 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm | #312

        maybe we should all take a nap and we’ll wake up to find it was all a very bad dream.

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm | #313

      Hi Manifest, this is why we used different words to “Publish” your changes and to “Unveil” your site. It’s the latter (Unveil) that is permanent, and for this reason we will ask you to type in the word “unveil” to verify.

      In the future when you are no longer in Preview Mode, hitting the “Publish Changes now” button will indeed make your changes visible to the public.

      Hope that makes sense!

  129. July 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm | #314

    Not working !
    I sell loads through this – need it up now please !

  130. Steve
    July 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm | #315

    I can log off just fine, but every time I log on I am now forced to see this “new and improved” screen.

    I tried several previews to see if I could find anything remotely acceptable and found nothing.

    One caveat for those previewing, if you try some customizing, you’ll hit a screen that only gives 2 options. Publish Now or Publish Later.

    Luckily my back button worked and I could exit the screen after several attempts.

    Smugmug says that once you publish you are stuck forever with this latest and greatest thing that they have unleashed upon us.

    For those happy with this new “Flickr” copy, that is fine, but I’ve spent way too much time and effort putting together what I want my site to look like.

    I guess until the powers that be at smugmug decide to share how to get out of the preview, I’ll have to stay logged out. There’s too much of a “gotcha” waiting to happen if you stay logged in.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm | #316

      I love how you tell us your life story and step by step insight in to hating something. Glad we need to go back to the 1990s web and maybe have you create yourself a geocities site.

  131. Sheila Bremaud
    July 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm | #317

    looks great now if only I could get in and create my own but it keeps telling me I am forbidden to look at other designs, lol

    • Sheila Bremaud
      July 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm | #318

      fixed that now . had to log out and log back in.. sure hoes the bugs are worked out of this thing soon

      • July 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm | #319

        Hi Sheila, we apologize for the hiccups but we are way more popular than we ever even dreamed after this morning. Our team has been working nonstop all day to be sure the site and migrations keep running smoothly. Thanks for your patience!

  132. Jo
    July 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm | #320

    Supposedly my old site is supposed to work as it did before for the time being. However, all that’s loading is a blank black page. I haven’t even taken a peek at the new changes yet but I’m pissed that my old site won’t even load!!!!

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm | #321

      I’m pretty sure this is a bandwidth issue because everyone is tinkering. My site wasn’t loading right, but now it is.

      • Jo
        July 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm | #322

        Thanks MP. I posted a bit later that I finally got it to load so all is well…as far as that goes anyway. :-)

      • Maliah Pinkleton
        July 31, 2013 at 10:00 pm | #323

        I don’t have the “THIS PRICELIST IS APPLIED TO…GALLERY” on the Right!

        On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:56 PM, The SmugMug Blog wrote:

        > ** > Jo commented: “Thanks MP. I posted a bit later that I finally got it to > load so all is well…as far as that goes anyway. :-)” >

  133. Sheila Bremaud
    July 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm | #324

    argh takes to long to generate a preview..waiting 5 minutes already

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm | #325

      I’ve been waiting an hour and it’s still generating. How long did yours take?

  134. July 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm | #326

    where”s my site? bellswedding.smugmug.com nothing there

  135. July 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm | #327

    Where’s the big UNDO button to go back to Legacy permanently?

  136. July 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm | #328

    I am confused and I don’t even know what the new look is about,,,,too much hype so far!

  137. Jim
    July 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm | #329

    My legacy site is now dysfunctional even though I did not migrate to the new site. Gallery thumbnails are missing and when I go to a gallery with sub-category galleries and click on them I get “No Galleries Found” Boy, there is a big problem!

  138. Jim
    July 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm | #330

    It appears that the legacy site is only function if I am logged in. If I visit it as a guest, without logging in, it seems that some things have been migrated to the new folder structure without me having agreed to this and they no longer function when visiting the site as a guest.

    Bad, bad, bad SmugMug!

  139. July 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm | #331

    I’ve tried migrating all day but the screen never refreshes and if I manually refresh it just asks me to migrate again. Any suggestions? Or to I just need to let it do it’s thing for a few hours?

    • Jo
      July 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm | #332

      Matt – I’m having the same problem. My regular page finally loaded so I could log in, etc. Then I tried to check out the new site and am having the same issues as you.

  140. Steve
    July 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm | #333

    Seems that smugmug is back in “read only”.

    Seems to be one big cluster **** today.

    Still waiting on an answer as to how to avoid the “preview” now that I’ve decided this new and improved is definitely not for me.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm | #334

      Umm… things take time. Guess this is the first time you’ve been on the internet. Welcome!

  141. Steve
    July 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm | #335

    The truth is out there:

    When asked about how long I can keep my old site (been a customer over 7 years) here’s the response:

    “Tristan here from SmugMug. Thank you for writing.

    We currently don’t have a time frame on that unfortunately.

    I wish I had a better answer for you on that.

    • July 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm | #336

      That’s pretty sad that they would force people to downgrade … maybe they are working on putting back all the key components they left out that separated SmugMug from all the other people?

      I can dream can’t I?

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm | #337

        No dreams for you. Only nightmares of poorly done websites unlike these sexy ones we can make now!

  142. July 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm | #338


  143. JohnCNA
    July 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm | #339

    Look good so far. Will the imbedding of photos on blogs and discussion sites still work the same way?

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm | #340

      John, your old embedded images should still work just fine, yes. And you will be able to continue getting links to embed them anywhere you wish.

  144. brandonandlindsey
    July 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm | #341

    Just wanted to add my voice that I think this is awesome. The SmugMug look was getting old and stale and I had to watch competition adapt and get better. I’m very happy to see SmugMug back on top and adapting to the changing nature of the web. Great work guys! I’ll continue to stick around for a long time.

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm | #342

      Thanks so much, Brandon! We hope you stick around and see what we cook up, too. And we hope that you’ll share what you’re building and shooting with us.

  145. Ray
    July 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm | #343

    I worry that everything in the Live Stream and on this blog relating to the new SmugMug only refers to “photos” I was really hoping to see some advancements on the video front as that is the biggest new revenue stream available to all the photographers out there using DSLR’s. But instead, not even a one word mention in the presentation….lots of beautiful, and gorgeous.

    Is there now a way to grab a thumbnail from your uploaded video…aka vimeo style? Or are we still stuck uploading as a second step?


    • July 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm | #344

      Hi Ray, we didn’t list out every single thing that changed during the demo but we have made some steps to improve video. Now, video hosting is included with every SmugMug account (including Basic) and we’ve cleaned up the video player so it fits with the new design. We don’t get as much feedback from our customers about video as we for photos, so please share your ideas and wishes with us: http://feedback.smugmug.com/

      • Ray
        July 31, 2013 at 8:34 am | #345

        Is there a list compiled of all the new video related features? Specifically is there any difference in the way thumbnails are created or do I still have to load those as a secondary step?


  146. July 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm | #346

    Hi Guys
    New site is all very pretty but I really cannot find much detail about the backend – especially for users outside the Evil Empire – sorry USA…
    Where can I find details about Self Fulfilment, local labs for printing and payment in local currency?
    All the links just seem to take me to pages that show how wonderful the experience is for the customer – not us, the users.

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm | #347

      Trevor, this rollout was a massive change in our code base that made it easier for us to make improvement and build new features, so it’s just the beginning. We have gotten so much feedback from pros (from all over the world) about making the pro features better and please believe us that it’s on our radar. We want you to succeed and not have to struggle with running a business, either. So even though self-fulfillment and more labs was not on today’s launch, we have plenty of things coming in the next few years. Thanks for your patience.

  147. July 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm | #348

    Very exciting stuff. However, I’m trying to migrate my web site to the Preview mode and it’s been in the “rounding up your stuff” mode for 20 minutes. Is it stuck in a moebius loop? Should I stop that and try again?

  148. July 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm | #349

    Sorry, it SUCKS. The rollout is a disaster. You have provided no youtubes in how to do these things. And even when I try, it keeps reverting back to another design after I click save. What a disaster.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm | #350

      Used no tutorials and in 10 minutes had an amazing site up and running. Guess if you actually play with it instead of complaining you’d make it farther in life.

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm | #351

        I tried for two hours. If you look at my WordPress links you will see I created my own website so Ty for your understanding.

  149. July 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm | #352

    galatasblog :

    That video is only relevant for anyone opening a brand new account. A tutorial is desperately needed to help existing users to adapt to the new design. My own homepage is a mess on the new site and unless I get help to sort it out I’ll be stuck with the legacy version forever . . . unless I desert Smugmug altogether which is looking likely.

    We also have written a series of new help pages that help orient existing customers like you all to the new system. We’ll be refining them as time goes by (based on your feedback) but please take a look:


    Additions/changes to our other help pages is also in the works, but it will take us a couple of days to get everything up to speed. Thanks for your patience!

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm | #353

      It’s unbelievable to me that you would roll this out and then AFTER you write instructional information for existing users???? What the? It’s mind boggling. Umm you need some YOUTUBES. Hellooooooo!!!! I just wanna go back and not do ANYTHING right now. But unfortunately I can’t quite go completely back. It has that stupid note at the top of my smugmug to view the new one. And when I click my bookmark, it takes me to the new, unorganized site! Lordy.

      • July 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm | #354

        Why were we not told that if we decide to keep the Legacy system that we had to see the new system every time we went into our account?

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm | #355

        Exactly! It is all very disorganized.

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm | #356

      Not a word here http://help.smugmug.com/customer/portal/topics/538899 about how to actually use anything. Mostly a lot of self congratulation “aren’t we clever giving you this ?”.
      We need tutorials , and fast !

      • July 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm | #357

        Exactly! Companies should never ever rest on their laurels or present themselves as in a bubble of congratulations until the system has rolled out and the users are happy. Ugh! I hate that! It is so off-putting.

  150. July 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm | #358

    The Preview process has been going on for about two hours now, not two minutes….what is wrong…?

  151. DC
    July 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm | #359

    How long does the migration take??? Mine has been running for about two and a half hours…..and still nothing.

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm | #360

      Hi DC and all, the length of time migration takes depends on how many people are doing this at the time, so it can take more than a couple of minutes, unfortunately. We will email you once it’s done, so you will know when you can begin playing with your new site. Thanks for your patience.

      • August 1, 2013 at 7:50 am | #361

        I’ve been waiting for about two days and hit the button about a half dozen times in that timeframe. It just sits.

  152. July 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm | #362

    The update is truly AWESOME! Love it!!

  153. CJ
    July 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm | #363

    Yes, I’m having a long wait for migration as well (I’ve been waiting about an hour as of 8:12pm EST). I suppose it’s possible that everyone is migrating at once, and it’s slowed the system down as a result. I also have a LOT of photos stored on the site though.

    What should the average wait-time be for migration? What if you have 10,000+ photos, will that take significantly longer?

    Thanks for your time,


    Robin Strand :
    The Preview process has been going on for about two hours now, not two minutes….what is wrong…?

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm | #364

      I closed it down after nearly 2 hours of waiting. I guess I will come back in a few weeks when the hype has died down and the bugs have been ironed out.

      • July 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm | #365

        Kevin, you’ll get an email sent to the address on your account when migration is finished and your new preview site has all of your photos.

  154. sth624
    July 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm | #366

    I’ve been stuck in “loading preview” for hours as well…. not a good start…

  155. July 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm | #367

    My preview process has been going on for 2.5 hours.

    • Ben Anderson
      July 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm | #368

      Ditto here. Thought it might’ve quit and just kept the sliding to and fro doing its thing, but my browser is still making unanswered calls for information. Too reminiscent of another recent makeover… Hoping it is just situational winter molasses rather than a glimpse into the crystal ball.

  156. July 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm | #369

    I’m super excited about the seemingly amazing upgrades and changes!!!! I’ve been in in the “Rounding up your stuff” mode for quite some time now!!! I’m guessing the system is crashing from all the use. Thanks and it looks really exciting!!!!

  157. July 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm | #370

    I am thinking that I will just cancel, until this gets resolved. I have sent two e-mails to the help desk.

  158. July 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm | #371

    The new look is fine…. BUT I still don’t see any SEARCH ENGINE improvements… :(

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm | #372

      Doreen, we did make improvements to search but what features and functionality were you looking for, specifically?

  159. AR
    July 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm | #373

    How do I get rid of the obtrusive “UNLISTED” printed across the gallery image?

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm | #374

      Umm… you only see that on your end. It tells you that the gallery is not listed for regular folk to see when they travel to your site :)

  160. July 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm | #375

    that sounds terrible.

  161. Ben Anderson
    July 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm | #376

    What about the MacDaddy app? Has it been updated to interact with the ‘new’ deeper file structure capability?

  162. July 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm | #377

    Same problem here, after 3 hours of unsuccessful “2 min wait”, I give up and close the window. I hope it will not affect anything.

    I wish Smugmug would communicate about this and let us know if it’s OK to close.

    Btw Smugmug heroes: did you not at some point expect that a massive amount of account would try the new Smugmug? Were you not prepared? I mean obviously it would be over loaded, so why not tell people to wait, or give time windows for people to chnage to the new mode (tuesday east coast, wednesday mid, thursday west, friday rest of the world)…

    Hope it will back on track soon so I can play with the new designs!

  163. July 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm | #378

    I have tried several times to “Get started” with the new format – to no avail. It just keeps ticking over saying it is collecting my material, which according to smug mug should only take a few minutes. I have had it running for up to an hour at a time and still no progress. Is there a problem with the system at the moment? I cleaned out as many photos as possible before making this change over.

    • Ben Anderson
      July 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm | #379

      The Smugmug Status page shows nothing but green checkmarks. Must be me….

  164. ET
    July 30, 2013 at 5:42 pm | #380

    This sounds awesome! I was actually contemplating switching off my SmugMug account due to the limitations. Looks like I don’t have to anymore :)

  165. July 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm | #381

    Well, I think it’s time someone clearly say: DON’T CLICK on MIGRATE at the moment. It will take hours without success.

    Interesting fact: in the Status of Smugmug, all the points are showing the green light, so I guess everything is fine!


  166. July 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm | #382

    I think the demo should have also outlined the great features that were removed instead of everyone noticing they are gone and then asking the same questions …

  167. July 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm | #383

    What is missing, Steve?

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm | #384

      The full screen slideshow, the geo-tagging, the Ad-free footer … for 3 big, big ones.

      • July 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm | #385

        Steve, we include full-screen slideshows with your galleries, still include geotagging and mapping capability, but we do require that our brand is placed somewhere in the footer.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm | #386

        I could not get the Slideshow to show the entire width that it does now. How can I set it up so that the Slideshow is the same “fill the monitor” size when first presented to users as it is today?

        That’s good news that you have geo-tagging still … I couldn’t find it. Where is it?

        So you are now forcing your Ad on the footer?
        Why would you do this when you advertise an “Ad free” site?
        It is dishonest.
        We don’t have it now … we don’t want it.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm | #387

        Steve they’ve always required you to have the footer. Read the rules and agreements you signed when you registered. Also it’s not the same as having a giant B&H banner at the top of the page. That would be an AD. Please go away.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm | #388

        I’ve never had Ads – ever … check my site before making ignorant comments.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm | #389

        Steve you’re ignorant.

  168. FX
    July 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm | #390

    My migration has taken more than half an hour and is still on going…Is this normal?

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm | #391

      FX, it’s very possible, yes. Migration time depends on how many people are requesting it at the time, but you will receive an email once it’s finished. If it looks like it’ll be a while, we recommend that you check back. Thanks for your patience.

  169. July 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm | #392

    I am still waiting on my photos to migrate, but I watched the presentation today and I can’t wait to get started. The customization is going to be so awesome. I will spend the next week or two making my site my own, since it will be simpler now. I will for sure continue with smug mug. I had pondered down grading my level, but I think I will now stay pro.

  170. July 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm | #393

    I just learned from [email protected] that the Communities feature has been eliminated with the new release. That, unfortunately, is a show stopper for me. While I like the customization of the new site, I don’t see myself renewing my pro subscription without the Community feature. That functionality drove over 90% of the hits to my galleries. Talk about a huge mistake on Smugmug’s part. They had this release almost perfect, but blew it big time with that one foolish decision.

    • July 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm | #394

      I didn’t notice that one R.J.

      The big mistakes were removing the best features on the site: Full screen slideshows, geo-tagging (what separated SmugMug from other sites like Zenfolio), and the Ad-free footer.

      Three huge losses ….

    • July 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm | #395

      What???? The communities feature is gone? That’s a show stopper for me too. Onto flickr I guess. Sighs. That is so sad. What the heck were they thinking? They should’ve sent out a survey to the users to get feedback through surveymonkey. Lordy. now I’ve gotta figure out what to do.

    • July 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm | #396

      Probably a deal breaker for me as well. I’ve been part of the Dailies community for a few years and really don’t want to give that up. I was excited about the new Smugmug until I heard this news.

  171. July 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm | #397

    I am starting to like legacy more. No full-screen slideshow in the new release?

    • July 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm | #398

      Not without user intervention … but you can put cheesy notes on your screen that says “Click here to show this slideshow the way it should show” … lame or what?

  172. July 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm | #400

    Does anyone know an easy way to download all my photos other than one by one ? As a customer for more than 5 years I have uploaded over 20.000 photos My subscription expires in two weeks and I don’t want to renew if I can’t stick with the legacy version forever.

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm | #401

      Gallery downloads are always available as part of your subscription. You can download zip files of your galleries from the Site Organizer by highlighting the gallery and clicking on the down arrow that appears in the menu row at the top of the preview pane.

  173. July 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm | #402

    Hey all! I am so excited!! How long should it take to ‘Round up my stuff” ? I clicked on the preview about 2 hours ago and I am still waiting.

    • July 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm | #403

      I have 30,000 photos and it took 2 minutes.

    • Ben Anderson
      July 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm | #405

      Unlike Steve, I have only >1K photos, and like Ester Delurgio its been hours. a Pro user is a Pro user regardless of # of images hosted, IMHO.

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm | #406

      Valerie, the length of time it takes to migrate depends on how many people have requested it at the time. So unfortunately it can take more than a few minutes. We recommend that you check back and wait for the email that we’ll send you when it’s done. Thanks for your patience.

  174. July 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm | #407

    This looks great … but I tried migrating my site and it’s been “rounding upmy stuff” for about 4 hours, so far. ‘Film at Eleven.’

  175. Jeff jones
    July 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm | #409

    Hi, my current site is jonesy28 but people have trouble finding it because of another jeff jones that has a gallery. For some reason joeny28 will bring up his and not mine. Please advise

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm | #410

      Hi Jeff, would you mind writing to us with more details about what is happening? Are you using the search box, and are you searching on our homepage, etc? It may be a case of simply updating the info in your profile so that your fans will be able to search for more accurate terms: http://help.smugmug.com/

  176. Gary
    July 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm | #411

    I only have maybe a couple of hundred photos and just under 3 hours and no joy on the migration. What a shame, first impression a bit of tarnish around the edges. Hoping tomorrow it will be sparkling.

  177. July 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm | #412

    Hi, all…I have been waiting about an hour for the “round up” the system says it is working but I think not. 4 hours!??? that stinks…lucky Steve to have it happen so fast. i had to give up. I suppose too many are uploading today. hopefully this is not a sign of the future.

  178. July 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm | #413

    I just came across a big problem on my site. I do not want to update now so want to stay with the site the way I have it. For some reason this update even though I have done taken it has broken my nav bar links. When I click features (that went to a gallery page I made) it now goes to smugmug.com.

    Everyone check your links even if you did not upgrade!

    I think this is the last straw, once I find a good replacement off I go after 7 plus years. I would rather loose all the links and search advantage that I have then stay with a company that keeps upping the price and removing features (I know you will not agree on the last but for some people this update removed a lot)

    • July 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm | #414

      Yes, it removed a lot – and the most important things to boot …

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm | #415

      speedphotos, it would help us if you would post a link to your site so we can take a look and see what’s happening. If you’re not comfortable posting it here, please send our Support Heroes a message with your info and details: http://help.smugmug.com/

      • speedphotos
        July 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm | #416

        Sorry for the double post. The site is http://www.speed-photos.com – the features link is the one that is now broken after the update.

  179. July 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm | #417

    Valerie Cook :
    I wish mine would!!

    me too!

  180. July 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm | #418

    SmugMug has officially hit “BEASTMODE”!!! Thanks Team!

  181. Kathi Horste
    July 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm | #419

    I am with Valerie, I have been waiting over 2 hours too :( Does it matter which browser you use? Should I be using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer ….

    • July 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm | #420

      I am using firefox Kathi. What are you on?

      • Kathi Horste
        July 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm | #421

        Internet Explorer, I was going to try firefox or chrome, but I dont know if I should close out the window it is still trying to preview in.

    • July 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm | #422

      I’ve been trying chrome and safari for the past 4+ hours with no luck. :(

  182. July 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm | #423

    I’m totally bummed about the community feature being removed. Why did they do that???? I will be forced to leave now. That was really dumb considering social networking is so big these days.

  183. Herb
    July 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm | #424

    Migrated for five hours with no result. I do not have that many images to take that long. I got frustrated and quit. Let me know when you get the bugs out of the system.

  184. July 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm | #425

    I have less than 200 images and migration is taking 3+ hrs and counting. I really can’t wait to get started. I wish there was a status just to let me know how long it will take.

  185. July 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm | #426

    I started the migration about 2 hours ago and have not received confirmation that it is complete yet. Can I upload new photos mid-migration?

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm | #427

      Christine, it should be just fine for you to upload photos while you’re waiting for migration, yes.

  186. July 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm | #428

    No responses on this blog by the “Heroes” since 5:00pm
    I uess they’ve all gone home to get ready for the big celebration party tonight.

  187. July 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm | #429

    Smugmug!!!! I’m so excited to re-do my website with these fantastic new tools! I have been trying to migrate for over five hours!! I’ve tried using Chrome and Internet Explorer. I’ve rebooted my computer etc. Please fix this soon! gahh!

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm | #430

      Hi Melissa, migration has nothing to do with your computer so there’s nothing wrong with that, don’t worry! The time for migration varies depending on the number of photos in the queue, so please hang tight and continue on your way and we’ll send you a confirmation email when your preview mode is ready. Thanks for your patience.

  188. Robert Roales
    July 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm | #431

    You need to bring back the timeline search; recent photos and maybe the most popular photos options.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm | #432

      Robert, we still have those options and those pages are all as customizable as any other pages on your site. You can access your timeline by adding /date to the end of your SmugMug domain. We’ll have a lot more information about this and some other pages as blog posts very soon.

  189. Don
    July 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm | #433

    Where can I go to see a replay of your grand announcement?

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm | #434

      Don :
      Where can I go to see a replay of your grand announcement?


    • Ben Anderson
      July 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm | #435


      Take it all in w/ grain(s) of salt.

      Listen for where MacAskill says, “Don’t get ahead of me!!!, Don’t get ahead of me!!!…” I’ve been trying to stay behind him with my migration request, but I would really love him to get ahead of me and make it happen (the migration, that is.)

      • Jo
        July 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm | #436

        How can I possibly get ahead of him when I can’t get anything to happen? I guess he doesn’t need to worry then.

      • Ben Anderson
        July 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm | #437

        Hence my post…I’m feeling a not of lot of care

        They’re on Google+ right now, taking questions, but ignoring the sloooow migrate

      • Jo
        July 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm | #438

        Yeah – sorry – your post prompted my response but I meant it to go as a general post to SM…I didn’t mean “your heroes”. ;-)

      • Ben Anderson
        July 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm | #439

        Jo, All good :)

  190. July 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm | #440

    Robert Roales :
    You need to bring back the timeline search; recent photos and maybe the most popular photos options.

    And communities!! These are all deal breakers. What were they thinking?

  191. July 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm | #441

    “Rounding Up Your Stuff
    This usually just takes a minute or two, but it could take longer. ” twenty minutes later and nothing. You guys SUCK at your upgrades. Do you do any beta testing at all?

    Signed: Unhappy customer.

    • Jo
      July 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm | #442

      My stuff has been “rounding up” for about 6 hours now. I use Chrome primarily. According to the SmugMug statement, you can go about your business while it’s happening and should get an email when it’s done..so, I finally closed the browser window it was in as I was annoyed with checking on it and seeing no progress.

      I’m generally pissed that they couldn’t anticipate the system demands something like this would create! I am a very small company… meaning a bit more of a hobbyist. I only do a handful of paying clients each year…most of my stuff is done pro-bono for various charities. The Pro subscription is A LOT of money for me..

      I know problems come up and happen… but to not even have your “heroes” (b/c their certainly not my heroes right now) answering people on this chain today is almost completely unacceptable to me. There should be a hero SITTING on this list making DAMN SURE that people questions and problems are addressed even if they can’t be fixed at the moment.

      Saying “I’m Sorry” or giving some kind of explanation can go MILES in customer service. But it would seem no one at the office understands this.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm | #443

        Jo, you can still upload photos and use the SmugMug site that you’ve always had while you wait for the migration confirmation email. We are sorry about the extremely unexpected high demand for migration, which is something beyond everything we predicted and prepared for, and we hope that you’ll be patient.

  192. July 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm | #444

    How long should the migration take? The Rounding up your stuff message has been running for a couple of hours now.

    • Keith
      July 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm | #445

      Yes, I would like to know whether I should let it run or start over.

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm | #446

        David and Keith, just let it run and continue doing whatever you usually do on a weekday night. You can continue to use your SmugMug site as usual, and we’ll send you an email when your sandbox is ready.

  193. July 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm | #447

    Full screen slideshow is the most viewed part of my site. I can’t believe it has been removed……arrgghh!

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm | #448

      Me too … I just saw someone else mention that the comments are not being brought over? I’ll have to check that.

      How many things are they wiping out that went totally ignored during the “hype” today?

  194. July 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm | #449

    The migration has been going on for over 4 hours now. After reading this blog I think I’ll just forget the migration and leave my site the way it is. I really don’t want to give up the full screen slideshow. At first this all looked really good but now it looks more like a bummer…..

  195. July 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm | #450

    Okay, you guys are not going to believe this ….”Please note that gallery comments do not exist anymore, only photo comments, so if you had gallery comments in your guestbook, these have not been migrated to your New SmugMug site. We’re sorry for any inconvenience”


    Client comments are gone ….. poof.

    • Jo
      July 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm | #451

      Uuugh! I don’t have a lot of comments at all – I don’t have a very saavy clientele. But I think the few I do have are gallery comments, not image comments. Sigh.

      • July 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm | #452

        Agreed. Whomever the marketing genius is that convinced Chris and Don to do this ought ot be given his or her walking papers.

        We didnt need another Flicker. I’m not a pro, and my site was not customized, but from what I can see of previews, its already a loss. Now to hear that they have deleted comments….thats flat out assinine.

        I’m already reading of the loss of several features that I used on a regular basis.

      • July 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm | #453

        So, what other features are gone now????????

        Jeff Roberts :
        Agreed. Whomever the marketing genius is that convinced Chris and Don to do this ought ot be given his or her walking papers.
        We didnt need another Flicker. I’m not a pro, and my site was not customized, but from what I can see of previews, its already a loss. Now to hear that they have deleted comments….thats flat out assinine.
        I’m already reading of the loss of several features that I used on a regular basis.

      • July 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm | #454

        1) homepage slideshow is gone &/or diminished
        2) gallery comments gone
        3) Make tiny url is gone

        I’m sure there is more. I started the migration process over 2 hours ago. still buffering. The video presentation was a joke. I felt like the people in the crowd must have been a paid cheering section. The one guy kept referring to the default layout as being “organic”.

        I got news for you folks. Manure is organic. I like to think of my smugmug page as something better than manure.

        I cant wait any longer….its after 11 pm east coast time and I have to be up at 4:30 for my paying job.

        will see what tommorow brings.

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm | #455

      WHAT? I lost my entire GUEST BOOK?

      Yet another MAJOR item lost?

      What a total screw up.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm | #456

      Oh boy the comments are gone! Annnnnnnnd don’t care cause the new smugmug is amazing.

  196. Matt
    July 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm | #457

    Hope they are enjoying the party. You would think on a major launch someone from staff would be on here for support. Demo looked awesome but until the community feature is resolved I am out.Actually I was never in, after 3 hours of migrated I bailed.

  197. July 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm | #458

    So I started the migration process and it says it’s rounding up my stuff…….it’s been 4 hours. UGH. Still nothing

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm | #459

      Same here? Is it because of so much migration going on at the same time? Is there a compatibility with IE issue or anything else?

  198. FX
    July 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm | #460

    My migration status after nearly 3 hours remains unchanged. I guess the progress is not meant to be watched closely but I hope the end results are.

  199. Clementine
    July 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm | #461

    Read on a FAQ page that existing links should automatically redirect “assuming they have the album ID and key in them”. Anyone know what this means? Will the shortened links made in legacy not be able to direct in the new smugmug?

    I’ve been poking around and can’t seem to find the “shorten this link” button. Is this gone now?

    When will the client be able to download the entire gallery from within the gallery?

  200. Cyrus
    July 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm | #462

    Wow! Wow! Wow!

  201. July 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm | #463

    I was so excited to hear of the updated sites, and ready to get mine updated. Although its been migrating for 5 hours now… How long does it normally take?

    • July 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm | #464

      Sounds like it’s random as far as how long it takes. My site took about 5 minutes and I have about 6000 photos.

  202. July 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm | #465

    Migration for me took a matter of seconds… only several 100 images rather than thousands mind you and maybe I was just lucky and got in before the rush? But once you do migrate you then have the next challenge to face. Customizing and making this new look act and behave like a functioning usable site is seriously doing my head in – it’s taking SO much time to try figure it all out and make sense of it, but it is now thankfully starting to take shape. There’s things that are not at all obvious and many things that take a fair amount of trial and error. I’n not sure I’ll ever feel fully confident to ‘unveil’ though. Has anybody actually got to that stage yet I wonder?

  203. Amy L
    July 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm | #466

    I have searched like crazy. How do I set my featured image on my gallery now. It’s not showing the option like the old way of selecting the specific image within the gallery and “feature”….??? Anyone?

    • Clementine
      July 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm | #467

      In your gallery, hover Customize > click Gallery Settings. It’s under Basic. “featured image” I think….

      • July 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm | #468

        If it’s any help I’m currently in something called “Organize Site”. In there I was able to navigate to my Galleries. There’s a menu button called “Settings” (next to “Upload”) – the Feature Image option can be found there.

  204. July 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm | #469

    I don’t like how the folder titles disappear when the mouse pointer is on a particular folder. Someone could be looking for a specific folder and will not see it because it goes **PooF**

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm | #470

      This is customizable: Open up the site customizer and click on the little wrench icon that appears when you mouse over the content block. You should see a selection of info style options, usually under the “Display” tab.

      • July 31, 2013 at 4:57 am | #471

        I like how the bar was over the image, but I do not see an option to keep it there without it disappearing when you do a mouse-over. I currently have it set for the name of the folder under the image.

  205. July 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm | #472

    Page Separators: Chrome = Square | Firefox = Rounded ???

  206. Ben Anderson
    July 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm | #473

    Check this Google plus…Trey Ratcliffe and MacAskill…


  207. July 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm | #474

    Good job guys – 6 hours later and you still haven’t processed my preview.

  208. July 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm | #475

    Fricking BS! I am quiting them as soon as possible

  209. Jamie Bramsen
    July 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm | #477

    It has taken so far an hour to do the preview migration. Little too long for me to even preview

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm | #478

      Hi Jamie

      Sorry! There’s been a huge load on this tool today. We do apologize for the inconvenience. BE patient though because I’m certain you will like the new tools. They may seem like a lot to take in but they are super powerful!

  210. July 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm | #479

    I’ve had a response to my emails to the Heroes. The general tone was “you’re a basic user so we aren’t really all that interested”.
    I can’t believe I’ve been paying for this “service” when I can get the same level free at Flickr.

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm | #480

      Hi there. Thanks for being such a long time customer. I looked up your ticket. I’m sorry you feel that you weren’t answered well. We will do better with our next response. Please do make sure you include detailed questions when you write us. We have a pretty high volume today and are doing our very best to provide specifics. Check this help page out for a start on getting a great look for a basic account. http://help.smugmug.com/customer/portal/articles/1232084-what-s-new-basic-account-site-wide-themes

  211. Joe
    July 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm | #481

    This is a huge mistake. Cancel it all, don’t fix what aint broken.

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm | #482

      Hi Joe

      Sorry that you feel that way. We’ve watched our users ask for these features over the years, and believe that they solve so many feature requests. I’d encourage you to take a spin – it’s a great new tool set!

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm | #483

        But the great features you HAD are now gone.
        A newer release typically gives you what you HAD – plus MORE improvements.

        We have lost a LOT of features.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm | #484

      Actually you should always work towards improvement. A website, like a car is never perfect for long. Eventually they both need an overhaul. Just like your attitude :)

  212. July 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm | #485

    I, like many users, am very concerned about the apparent loss of accustomed features such as the full screen slide show and the nav bar. However, I DO think that once SM has a chance to fix various “bugs” and for the traffic/demand on the SM site to level out a bit, the new system may actually be much better than the old system.

    Let’s take a deep breath and realize that they have had good intentions and are under tremendous pressure to make most of us happy. I’m willing to give them a month or so…. a change this big was bound to have problems. The grass ain’t necessarily greener on the other side of the fence….

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm | #486

      Hi butlerkid and thanks for the support! for the record we do have full-screen slideshows and we do have navigation bars (we just call them “menu bars” now). We have noted that the full-screen homepage slideshow is something that a lot of people want, and it may be possible to do this again in the future.

      Our team has been working tirelessly all through today (as well as over the last several weeks) replying to feedback and making fixes to the site, and we hope that everyone will continue to share their feedback and help us shake out the bugs.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm | #487

        Can you please let me know via e-mail when you have resolved the slideshow issue, and recovered my Guestbook, and kept the Ads out of the footer …

        Then I will try to set up my website again.


      • July 31, 2013 at 7:22 am | #488

        Full screen slide show FOR THE HOMEPAGE! WHY would you expect visitors to a website to be interested in diving into detailed galleries if they can’t see an indication of the overall quality or varierty of images that are contained within the site!

        PLEASE….this is very basic! Get folks interested enough on the Homepage that they then want to spend some time on the site……

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm | #489

      It doesn’t seem to be an oversight that they wiped out our guestbooks, or that they are now forcing Ads on all of our page footers.

  213. July 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm | #490

    How do I go from my old website to one of yours. I have bluehost as my host but I want a website with smugmug. How do I still keep my same domain?

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm | #491

      Hi Alan

      You can start a trial at http://www.smugmug.com to start a site with us. To point your domain name at your SmugMug site you will need to have a Power account or above. Hope that helps.

  214. A.N.
    July 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm | #492

    To all those who are complaining about how long it takes……,, HELLO! Today was their first day to launch! Of course its going to take a while. Wait a few days before migration if you want it faster. This is common sense. Give them a break :)

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm | #493

      Thanks for the vote of confidence and the support, AN!

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm | #494

      Being in IT for nearly 20 years – my recommendation (and only a recommendation) is to update the message to say this could take several hours, please be patient (if this hasn’t already been done). Please don’t flame me :) just making a recommendation. Hope this is taken as that – I’m not complaining, was only asking a question initially and I was actually part of this complaint from A.N. from the looks of it (sorry to fuel the fire). I also realize (hence my comment earlier) that these things take time. I’ll be patient. Thanks for the updates – it is really appreciated and I’m looking forward to trying them out.

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:21 pm | #495

        You’re right Jim … from a technical perspective it has been pretty successful from what I have seen. I have about 30,000 photos uploaded and they converted in 2 minutes. I think their servers just got overwhelmed with so many conversions all at the same time.

        The only disappointing part is the loss of the best features we had.

        If they fix those – it would be awesome. Until them I am staying with the legacy which has the features we have come to rely on and love.

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm | #496

        Steve those were not the best features. You’re silly sunshine.

  215. Joe
    July 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm | #497

    How do I get rid of CHECK OUT THE NEW SMUGMUG from on top of my Home page ?

    When support for “legacy” stops my account will also cease to exist. I have had enough of this ridiculous nonsense.

    If I wanted Flicker I would have used Flicker for FREE, I don’t want Flicker

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm | #498

      I’m with you on this one. I wonder how the staff felt when they were doing the build up to this release and everyone had comments begging not to go the way of Flickr and 500px. I opened the blog post and just started laughing.

  216. Maiaibing
    July 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm | #499

    My migration has been going on for 6-7 hours now… Has something gone wrong?

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm | #500

      Migration can take a while if the load is high, which it is because we’ve gotten very popular today. We suggest that you hang tight, keep doing whatever you do on a Tuesday night and use your site as normal. You’ll receive an email once your new preview mode is ready for you. Thanks for your patience!

  217. July 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm | #501

    Apparently I lost my ENTIRE GUESTBOOK!

    What a total screw-up.

    I assume everyone involved in this redesign knows about all the things we lost – yet not ONE of them was mentioned during the “demo”. Why not?

    Why do we all have to discover everything we lost rather than you just being up front with everyone?

    WE LOST:

    Ad free footer
    All Guest book entries
    All gallery entries

    WHAT ELSE DID WE LOSE? If anything?

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm | #502

      Hi Steve

      Sorry that you are upset. While your old Gallery level comments won’t automatically import into SmugMug new, you can definitely add a comment content block to any page, so can create a guest book.

      The other item that will change, when we do have everyone migrate over to the NEW SmugMug will be communities. Right now, you can still participate in communities if you are using the preview mode.

      You have not lost any of the other features you mention.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm | #503

        Yes, I did lose important things. I lost the main slideshow which can no longer be full size. This is the main thing that people first see when visiting my site – therefore VERY important.

        The Ad-free footer I also lost. Are you saying I can keep what I have now?

        I don’t care about setting up a NEW guestbook … I care about all the comments I have and not losing them. They have important names and e-mail addresses on them. And important comments.

        I didn’t see the “Map This” button on any of my galleries that now have it – so I have not seen any geo-tagging to know if it works. I didn’t see it in the demo either. If it is there – that is great … but I haven’t seen it.

        Do I have to set up all the galleries one at a time to keep the Geography setting?


      • July 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm | #504

        Steve. Go away. Stop telling us your life story about how bad you are at using something so simple. Then maybe I will go away. I will haunt you in your dreams though.

      • Romanse
        January 2, 2014 at 7:54 am | #505

        So you ARE confirming that this WILL be a forced change for everyone???

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm | #506

      I would really prefer if we lost you cause you’re lame.

      Slideshows is still there and works just fine, geo-tagging is there, if you read the agreement you signed you weren’t supposed to hide the smugmug branding ever, guestbooks and gallery comments are pretty much lame.

      You’ve threatened to leave a few times. Go. Find a new home. A better home. A home in geocities style websites!!!

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:48 pm | #507

        You are a moron. I didn’t threaten to leave once.

        Stop spamming the board with your blatant lies.

        What are you 12 years old?

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm | #508

        Steve I’m trying to put words in your mouth that way maybe you’ll think you said and you’ll go away. Sadly my trick did not work. Instead it makes you unhappy. Then again, everything makes you unhappy fro what I’ve read.

  218. Ben Anderson
    July 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm | #509

    G’night peeps. Hung as long as I could waiting for Preview to finish. Dropped in on the Google+ and heard some different views, and IMHO, the jury is still out. Hoping to be able to view my stuff (there isn’t a lot of it) in the ‘sandbox mode’ I’ve seen comments that an email will be sent when the migration is complete to other commenters here, but cannot find anywhere that specifically says once the process is begun that we will be notified when it completes. Maybe I missed it…hoping so.

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm | #510

      G’night Ben – definitely sending emails when migration completes. As well there is no need to keep the migration progress page open! Just go ahead and catch some zzzs.

      • Ben Anderson
        July 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm | #511


        Thank you very much for the clarification, and the response.

  219. July 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm | #512

    Can’t wait to try it out! Excited!

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm | #513

      Hey Bernard

      From one McRae to another, :D

  220. July 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm | #514

    So what is amazing about the comments is that they are mostly negative…and there are about 6 smug mug official comments and they all say something to the effect of “hang in there…” I have been trying to “preview” my new smugmug for the last 4 hours…with no luck. as a fan…I am beginning to think…”fail.” sadly. I am not a heavy user, but I do store my photos there….and I pay for it. I think i have made a mistake.

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm | #515

      Hi there. Can you elaborate on what you mean by “with no luck”? What’s the trouble that you are experiencing? We’d love to help but we do need more info to do so!

  221. Joelle
    July 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm | #516

    I have been migrating for over two hours. I have been trying to take the time I have reading and looking at new designs, but every time I click on new designs it asks me if I want to migrate to preview and it goes to start again. so I closed that window. Is this why there is a delay in everyone migrating? If everyone is clicking this will it keep restarting?? Once migrating has begun it shouldn’t bring you back to this screen.

  222. July 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm | #517

    The new SmugMug looks great and I can’t wait to play with the new UI. How long is the Preview supposed to take to migrate? Any one else having a super long time of it? Mine has been running for almost 5 hours now.

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm | #518

      Hi Alykhan

      We can’t be sure how long the migration will take, since we’ve been pretty popular today. Watch for the email. No need to keep that progress window open! Sorry I don’t have a concrete answer for you right now.

      • July 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm | #519

        Thanks for the reply Ann. I’m off to bed, and I look forward to checking out the preview in the morning (Hopefully it’s done)

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm | #520

      Mine took a little while, but I’ve got 8600 images. I received their email, watched their videos about the new site, played with it a bit, and my site (version 1) is up and running. I’ve almost figured out how to do all that I used to do with it. It’s working, it looks cool, and it’s a very new look with HUGE images when ever possible. I like it..

  223. July 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm | #521

    I went to the Trey Ratcliff google hangout. It was unbelievable how the smugmug top leaders were congratulating themselves. They have not read this blog. I waited for 3 hours for my preview and never got it. Then, I was worried that my legacy system might be damaged. Good news. My legacy system is working just as before. I tested the upload function and all is well. If you want to see how the new smugmug site works, go to trey ratcliff’s site… All you get is 1,000 plus pictures In no particular order. The galleries have no descriptions.

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm | #522

      Hi Esther

      Sorry that it’s taking a while for you to migrate. We hope it won’t be too long.

      The look of Trey’s site is his choice. He completely designed his own sites look and feel, and he is very happy with it. It’s really powerful and totally up to you to have galleries and folder hierarchy and any descriptions that you’d like. In fact we’ve added descriptions at both the folder level and the page level. Much more powerful. I hope you’ll like what you see once your migration finishes.

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm | #523

      They should be congratulating themselves. First off this takes time. Ye if your site is down for a bit thats sad, but guess what. No site is up 100% of the time. It’s impossible. If you ran your own site like I do you’d realizes very quickly that is costs a ton more and won’t be as awesome as this. Just for hosting alone I spend $400 a year for a server that I can do the things I want, but I have to spend hours fixing them and it’s just me here. My smugmug page goes down I don’t care cause it’ll be back up and I spend way less money on it with way more benefits. Use the darn thing before you complain and complain. Sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it.

  224. July 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm | #524

    Team Smugmug,

    All I have to say is thank you for being a rock solid and amazing site for our team to host our images and give our clients and amazing experience. You started as our main page about 6-7 years ago when I first picked up a camera and eventually I moved up and my site demands have increased to where I need my own server space and my own site and blog but we’ve always used you to backup our images and share the galleries to our clients. We have over 1.5TB of images stored on your servers and never have I felt scared for their safety. I know you’re feeling the heat right now with the new launch and so many people sit back and complain about things that honestly don’t matter cause your job is to put out the best darned product you can for the majority of users. More people complain than compliment so I’m here as the few who’ve said it and the thousands who are loving what you’ve done but are too busy playing with the new features to say it.

    Thank you.

    This is a great update and our client site looks amazing with only 10 minutes of playing with your awesome designer. It’s easy, simple and with a short amount of time can become very powerful.

    Don’t listen to the negativity and hold your heads up high knowing you’re thousands of peoples super heroes.


    • Char
      September 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm | #525

      Ok Chris, I’ve read all the comments up to this point, and I really feel someone needs to explain to you how your behavior is reflecting on SM, whom you seem to be trying to help, but honestly, you are doing so much harm it should be part of a Sit-Com skit, not part of a serious blog about a paid for product.

      First, I’m very glad you are over the moon happy about every little thing SM does. But you do need to realize some of us are not, and as paying customers we have the right to approach the company that takes our money with our concerns.

      Sure, some of us could be a little more professional, and some of us could be a little more detailed about the particular problems we have, but the rest of us have been calm, professional, and articulate in our grievances in an effort to make clear to SM that certain features were more important than they thought when they were designing this make-over.

      You following along the entire comments section and insulting every person that does not sing the high holy praises of SM and their new system is childish and ignorant. And to be honest, the fact that SM has replied to you with any sort of positive reply that did not include a comment about you not harassing the other customers, makes SM look extremely bad to me.

      I can deal with a lot, but I have a huge issue with a company that allows their customers to abuse one another, much less encourages it with positive comments.

      So perhaps you could be a little more positive and helpful in your comments, instead of making people that are already upset even more angry, which only serves to take money away from SM.

      I would like to think you are not actively trying to put SM out of business after all…

  225. July 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm | #526

    I have always been a strong supporter of smugmug, even when they raised the prices for the same reasons you mentioned. I think the new site will be great for some people. If Smugmug continues to support the legacy system, everyone should be happy. Some of the posts on this blog, refer to serious problems… not just time to complete preview, but more about what they have lost. This forum can serve as a warning to those who are still deciding about clicking that “migrate” button.

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm | #527

      The warning of having an awesome new site! Boom!

      No, seriously. Most of the posts on this blog are rants and very sad, unhappy rants. Site works great and had no issues. Do people have legitimate issues? Yes they do! Is the answer to their issue, “smugmug shouldn’t have changed anything it wasn’t broken!” No. The site is going to have hiccups today and probably for a week. It’s part of it. The internet is like this and complaining isn’t going to teach everyone how to create a newer and better looking and interacting site. Complaining gets you stuck at the bottom of the pile with cockroaches and the sticky stuff on the floor that someone forgot to mop up.

      • Ben Anderson
        July 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm | #528

        Hey Chris,
        Easy to recognize you as a fanboy, but in all honesty…if you are going to troll, how about putting correct contact information up so we can reach out…or better yet,maybe we can learn from how awesome you have made YOUR SM site…oops, your site address is conveniently omitted. Darn, I really wanted to see how truly awesome your site had become since the change. :(

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm | #529

        Good one Ben!


        Trolls are so ignorant.

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm | #530

        Ben. No. Just no.

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm | #531

      That’s true … as long as they keep the Legacy system, we can rest knowing that we won’t lose any of the great features we have been accustomed to enjoying. These features are what sets SM apart from the other sites, so we don’t want to lose them.

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm | #532

        Move on Steve. Don’t you have laundry or sleep or something to take care of???

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 10:18 pm | #533

      Hey Esther and everyone

      Please know that by clicking migrate you lose nothing at all. You will be able to flip back and forth between legacy and NEW Preview without a hitch. Your visitors see legacy, while you get to know NEW and get your site organized and looking very 2013!! Meanwhile, legacy keeps on trucking along, it’s old reliable self.

      We hope that you’ll love all of the new functionality. We’ve poured heart and soul into it. At some time in the future we do want to have everyone on the NEW SmugMug.

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm | #534

        And we all want to be on the new system … we just can’t sacrifice the great features.

        It is great we can keep the features in the legacy system thougj! We love them.

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:29 pm | #535

        That part is unclear to me. Some people have talked about being forced to go to preview when they sign on. Also some have talked about difficulty uploading, once the preview process is complete. The new photos don’t go into existing galleries, but go into a new preview gallery. After you complete the preview process, and you decide that you like the legacy features and functions, can you turn off the “new” or is it too late? Have all of you photos, gallery descriptions, etc. been changed and lost forever?

  226. July 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm | #536

    I’ve said it before…Smugmug rocks! From what I’ve seen so far, I’m loving the newness! Day 1 of transition and nothing has crashed, considering there’s at least a gazillion requests for things to happen, I’d say it’s successful! Folks be patient. Change is never easy but sometimes it’s necessary to stay competitive. Remember when you first had a website and the challenges that came along with that? It will just take a little time to adjust. Love ya SM!!!

  227. speedphotos
    July 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm | #537

    Chris :
    Move on Steve. Don’t you have laundry or sleep or something to take care of???

    Just because something works for you does not mean it works for everyone, there is no need to be a dick. I have paid for this service for over 7 years and myself and any others have every right to complain.

    Believe it or not but this update does affect some people in a negative way and not all features are carried over. Also this update has messed up links on my site even without updating to the new look so leaving it as is does not work either.

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm | #538

      Blah blah blah more complaining. If you have the “right” to complain I have the right to pick on you complainers cause you’re all lame.

      • speedphotos
        July 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm | #539

        No one ever said you don’t have the right to call the complainers lame but it is the ultimate waste of time. What effect does it have on you that not everyone is happy with the updates…none.

      • speedphotos
        July 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm | #540

        Also why not post your real site or name?

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm | #541

        How do I get the “Map This” button on the Home Page?
        Or even on a gallery … ?

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm | #542

        And the majority of complaints are unwarranted. Just like your comments which are pretty much horrible.

      • July 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm | #543

        Well chuck because you don’t need that information. Thanks for trying to stalk me though. Sadly not into complainers. Love people who can adapt and see the potential in front of them :)

      • speedphotos
        July 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm | #544

        blah blah blah

      • speedphotos
        July 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm | #545

        I hate complaining so much I am going to complain about complaining. Good one.

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm | #546

        mmmmmmmmmmm no.

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm | #547

      The trolls are afraid to admit who they really are.
      Can you blame them? They have no life.

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm | #548

        Oh Scuba Steve. You’re silly.

  228. speedphotos
    July 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm | #549

    SmugMug :
    speedphotos, it would help us if you would post a link to your site so we can take a look and see what’s happening. If you’re not comfortable posting it here, please send our Support Heroes a message with your info and details: http://help.smugmug.com/

    I thought I did include it but my site is http://www.speed-photos.com.


  229. July 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm | #550

    Sofar it looks great. It has been a while that I had the feeling that SM had to update their looks and update their accessibility. Well a great job was done and most customizing is intuitive.
    One question: I use theme ISIS and expect all my galleries to display as Collage Landscape, which is what I see in the settings dialog. However all my galleries display default as smugmug layout. Is there a way to change all my galleries to Collage Landscape in one action so that I do not have to do it per gallery?

    You guys did a great job, congratulations!

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm | #551

      Thanks Jan! Go to the Organizer. If you want to have every page on your site use the same display, then make sure you’ve got all folders showing in the center, and click the ‘select all’ to the top right. Now, click settings top left and you will see BULK FOLDER settings open. You can make changes to appearance etc there, including gallery styles. There is a setting on the folder settings to have galleries and pages within it ‘inherit’ the folder settings so all galleries will get that gallery style (collage).

      Forgive me if I’m rambling – it’s been a long day.

      • July 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm | #552

        Thanks for your reply. Sorry but this doesn’t work, as soon as I press select all, the settings button is disabled.

  230. July 30, 2013 at 10:57 pm | #553

    My header on my “old sight” disappeared, gone, vanished even on the computer that is NEVER logged in. My name is GONE….. WTF. I am not SMUG MUG and that is the ONLY name on my sight right now. GET IT FIXED. Is this why the cost of our websites went through the frigging roof???
    I haven’t even been able to fool around with the “new” crap and already you broke what I had. I’m with Steve at this point.

  231. Tom
    July 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm | #554

    Ok, I’m having problems getting things to migrate, I click the Migrate button and the lighted green line moves left/right but never completes it says “gathering your stuff” How long should I expect a migration to take and if it is stuck where do I go next. Cant’ get out of the blocks here!

    • Ben Anderson
      July 30, 2013 at 11:15 pm | #555

      Hey Tom,

      It may take some time. I clicked migrate around 1500 MST, and I receive the email saying it had completed right about 2258MST

  232. July 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm | #556

    It’s been over an hour since I clicked on Preview. I need to go to sleep and I don’t want to keep my computer running overnight in case something goes wrong. Is it okay to cancel the while in “rounding up your stuff” mode? Probably too late now for anyone to answer :(

    • annmcrae
      July 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm | #557

      Hi Jean

      You can close that browser tab or window without affecting the migration. Get some sleep!

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:45 pm | #558

      Oh yeay, it just finished! Looks nice and simple so far :)

  233. July 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm | #559

    It only seems to work one level up and not more.

    Jan Kooreman :
    Thanks for your reply. Sorry but this doesn’t work, as soon as I press select all, the settings button is disabled.

  234. July 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm | #560

    It only seems to work one level up and not more.

  235. July 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm | #561

    I really like the full page view! – displays images at their best – similar to views provided by SquareSpace

    I haven’t watched the release video yet, but I’m very disappointed that the initial highlights / summary don’t mention a linked lab for Australia

    • July 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm | #562

      Johan, thanks for the feedback. Part of the changes we made were behind-the-scenes to our entire code base, so it is now much easier for us to build and release new features. Keep sending us your wishlists so we can knock those out! http://feedback.smugmug.com/

  236. July 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm | #563

    I think refunds are in order

  237. wegotit
    July 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm | #564

    your site is everything but ready!!!!
    its full of bugs!!!
    and it seems that i lost some 300 gallerys because of that!
    any help is more than appreciated

    • July 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm | #565

      Hi, can you write to our support heroes if you haven’t already done so? Please include as much information as possible about what galleries you are looking for that you can’t find. I took a swing around your site and it looks as though all your galleries are there between the two sites, but it may appear otherwise since your legacy site is displaying individual galleries and many of the default designs display folders (categories). http://help.smugmug.com/

  238. July 31, 2013 at 12:59 am | #566

    Thank you, Smugmug. My new site is Awesome. The migration was fast and “unveil” was easy. I am now up and running with my 30.000 picture site – for the first time ever able to overlook the whole site and it’s content in the fantastic organizer. I just love it. Thank you.

  239. Thomas BrandnerThomas
    July 31, 2013 at 1:20 am | #567

    Chris :
    Can the download all feature be added to galleries??? I really would love for my clients to be able to download their images. it’s a killer feature that I’ve been lusting over for literally 5 years.

    Same to me … I’m wating some years for this feature …

  240. Ruth Elsby
    July 31, 2013 at 1:58 am | #568

    Do I have to change?
    I’m quite happy with what I’ve got thanks.

    • Carl Licari
      July 31, 2013 at 5:57 am | #569

      DO NOT do the migration or you’ll have to select Legacy every time you launch your site. Furthermore, you may select “Unveil New” in error as the buttons are next to each other and then you can’t get to the Legacy site! I wish I never migrated now!

      • July 31, 2013 at 6:24 am | #570

        I believe after you hit the button, you then have to type the word UNVEIL to activate it.

  241. July 31, 2013 at 2:09 am | #571

    Just got access to the new smugmug (after long waiting time): it’s beautiful!

  242. TM
    July 31, 2013 at 2:52 am | #572

    your new thing is fine, but how do I turn off the nag warning at the top “Legacy SmugMug (what your visitors are seeing). View New SmugMug.”

    Also, is this why I have to pay more money now after 9 years? If it is, can I get my the additional bucks back if I don’t use it?

    Also, do I have to wear blue deck shoes like the goof ball hipster in your promo video?
    If I do, I definitely want my money back…

  243. ThirdCamel
    July 31, 2013 at 3:00 am | #573

    This isn’t a comment on the upgrade. It is about this discussion thread. Please would the person who manages the SmugMug blog take a look at what the troll who calls himself Chris has been posting here since the discussion started? Would you then take an executive decision as to whether juvenile and insulting comments should be allowed to interrupt what is, for the most part, a civilised, adult exchange of views? He is a minor annoyance but we would be better off without his childish interventions. Blocking him would cost nothing and improve the tone of the discussion.

    • July 31, 2013 at 6:15 am | #574

      I second that!

    • July 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm | #575

      Here is the fact. Steve complained and constantly belittled the great work here by posting over and over that they removed the things. Point taken and in response it was far easier to show him how it feels when you repeat the exact same statement over and over again. He has learned from what I’ve read now and I am super happy :)

      • July 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm | #576

        There are multiple Steves posting here you idiot. You’re just an ignorant spamming troll.

        Go find a spine donor and come back when you are not anonymous. But cowards cannot be real men.

      • Ben Anderson
        August 1, 2013 at 7:16 am | #577


  244. July 31, 2013 at 3:04 am | #578

    I hate be a nag, and it looks amazing! I just can’t work it… I keep hitting blocks when I want to cancel and go back after trying something. I only get ‘settings’, ‘preview’, and ‘done’. I’m not done, I want to go back to the start! And although there are many cool options for new homepages, my preferred one isn’t there! And I don’t understand what I should drag and drop for a slideshow on my homepage…
    I don’t understand, I’m usually quick to pick up new things, but this I just don’t get… :-(

    • July 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm | #579

      Hi Desiree, sorry to hear things have been confusing at first. We promise that as you play with it, you’ll get the hang of it but feel free to tap us if you need help.

      If you were customizing and you want to back out completely, look at the box at the top of the customization pane. You should see the tree of “Entire Site”, “Homepage,” etc. You will see a little u-turn arrow next to the level you’re on, and clicking that will revert all your changes to whatever was last published. Hope that helps!

  245. July 31, 2013 at 3:06 am | #580

    ok i am still nervous to shift….will do in a couple of hours but yeah looking frwd to it…the changes look fantastic just what was needed :)

  246. July 31, 2013 at 3:23 am | #581

    It was a great launching, but as expected there are many questions without an answer.
    Amazing reflections.

    I’ve already migrated my site. What I miss a lot is the option to put JavaScript to make more customizations.

    BTW. I’ve read comments about the communities. It’s a shame that the communities have an uncertain future.

  247. July 31, 2013 at 3:32 am | #582

    I hate it. Who came up with the themes? Changing them seems to be pretty limited and the changes are rather mundane

  248. July 31, 2013 at 4:19 am | #583

    Thomas Bradner, I am pretty sure you can allow your custonmers to “Download all” by enabling it in the Pricelists , Add Product, Gallery Dowload

  249. Chris Brunnen
    July 31, 2013 at 4:28 am | #584

    I’ve been on Smugmug for a while now in the hope you’d increase the number of images on the Map. Still says 150 max which is pointless as I have in excess of 10,000. I think I’ll cancel my subs

  250. July 31, 2013 at 4:43 am | #585

    In general my photos watermarked. In legacy smugmug those watermarks don’t show up in thumbnails. They show up now in all images and make the navigation pages somewhat unappealing.

    I’m sure people would yell at you if this didn’t happen by default (given the thumbs are bigger), but how do you turn this off?

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm | #586

      Jack, thanks for the feedback. I’ll be sure to forward this to our product team!

  251. July 31, 2013 at 4:46 am | #587

    Well I loved the old one now i hate this one…the first page is horrible, photos not the right size just looks so cheap!

  252. July 31, 2013 at 4:49 am | #588

    I do not see my previous remarks about the fact that although I did not migrate, I cannot access my own owner view website to work on the legacy site! And nobody is telling me why. It does not help to log out and re-log back in, it does not help to use another browser. You have the little tab that says “check out the new smug mug” however it cannot be ignored and i cannot get into my old site. I was hoping to wait until all the bugs were out of the systerm before migrating so I did not. But why cant i get into the old site? I emailed you four times and you send back fuzzy replies that are not detailed..” log out and back in”… very smug indeed

    • annmcrae
      July 31, 2013 at 8:58 am | #589

      Hi Roseann

      When you are on the NEW SmugMug, pick a design. Once you do that, even if you do nothing else, you will see a toggle at the top of your page to go back and forth from NEW to Legacy whenever you want to. Hope that helps.

  253. July 31, 2013 at 4:53 am | #590

    Congratulations on stealing everything that http://www.photodeck.com already does. Just another example of the old trying to stay relevant by stealing from the new. Honestly its exactly the same!

    • July 31, 2013 at 5:30 am | #591

      If it is the same. Especially if the have a user base of 300.000+ and a price like SmugMug. But they are not. Their price is three times higher, the space is very limited and they have a much smaller user base. Honestly it’s not the same. Not at all.

  254. July 31, 2013 at 4:58 am | #592

    It’s been 10 hours and i’m still waiting (a few seconds) for the migrations to finish?

  255. July 31, 2013 at 5:11 am | #593

    Nice work guys! I can tell lots of sweat went into this one.

  256. Shawn Kraus
    July 31, 2013 at 5:31 am | #596

    Today is a new day!
    All of my questions were answered pleasantly by a helpful SmugMug hero at the help desk in a timely manner as I have grown accustomed to at SmugMug. :)
    Chris made a wonderful presentation yesterday! Kudos
    I am one of those people that absolutely hate change, that being said, I think the SmugMug developers have done an amazing job!
    I played around for a little while yesterday, all the while not having to worry about the integrity of my old SmugMug site.
    It is truly fantastic to be able to do this and see things happen in real time with simple drag and drop ease.
    I believe SmugMug really got it right.
    I can only imagine the endless possibilities the new structure will allow them to implement.
    My favorite part so far is the seven layers! Holy cow!
    I can’t wait to unveil my new site.
    Embrace the New SmugMug!

    • July 31, 2013 at 5:36 am | #597

      I think you guys are overdoing the rah-rahs at this point… obviously you’re not just a regular SmugMug client but an in-client or friend/bizness associate.. way too obvious..

  257. July 31, 2013 at 5:33 am | #598

    everytime I log out then log in again I get the new site-Homepage as a default with a gallery of pics I DON”T want showing.. I tried to make the change for a default different gallery to no avail…then I have to switch to the Legacy site which is the way I want to see it–the old way… what gives.. still waiting for an answer.. and I guess I will be for a long long time… you guys did us wrong in a big way.. wow..


    • July 31, 2013 at 5:40 am | #599

      This blog is not a support line. Use the SmugMugh heroes. They are usually very good.

  258. July 31, 2013 at 5:58 am | #600

    Thank you Smugmug, both for the awesome new look, the easier and better customizing and organizing, AND all the work you’re doing this week. I received answers to both my emailed questions last night already, even though I’m sure you’ve been inundated with emails. And one of my questions was sort of silly due to simply being unfamiliar with the new design and impatient to make it work, so I asked instead of spending more time exploring. You all deserve a vacation after things settle down! I’ve been with you for 5 years and imagine I will be for many more!

    • July 31, 2013 at 1:48 pm | #601

      Michele, thanks for the support! We always love hearing from longtime customers, since we’ve certainly changed a lot through the years.

  259. July 31, 2013 at 6:03 am | #602

    How strange, clicked on migrate, chose a theme, made a few changes to the layout, unveiled my new site…. twenty minutes tops start to finish.
    Maybe they should have allowed the Rest of the World to get in first, we are far less likely to whinge about things!

    OK it’s not perfect, but it’s a damn site better than most of the other offerings available.

    And guess what? I have full screen slideshows and I didn’t even have to ask nicely to get them…. they just happened.

    Yes there are some things that would be nice to change, like being able to add MY referral link to the ‘Photo Sharing by SmugMug’ credit (I don’t mind it being there but would like some reward for sending new clients to you).

    But it’s early days for the new layouts, looking forward to future changes :-)

    • July 31, 2013 at 6:23 am | #603

      Hi Phil,

      I was just on your site and I don’t see a full screen slideshow on your home page.

      Am I in the right spot?

  260. J Bussell
    July 31, 2013 at 7:01 am | #604

    Love it Love it Love it. It is AMAZING ! Thank You Smug Mug

  261. July 31, 2013 at 7:29 am | #605

    I just woke up to find a new smugmug site of my stuff. I thought when I turned my computer off that nothing would happen…. wrong. Overall, I think it will be ok. The photos are much larger. The titles of the galleries are still there. When you click on a gallery the description is still there. The themes just change the background colors, it looks like to me. The full-screen slideshow can be implemented on a pc device by clicking full screen in windows.
    Right now, I can’t find any concerns.

    • July 31, 2013 at 7:42 am | #606

      So is the plan to put a banner on every homepage saying “FInd the full screen icon and press it before looking at this page”? Since it is now impossible to get the same amazing slideshows that they used to brag about having?

      I don’t understand why the new and improved requires the users to press buttons to get it to display what you used to be able to display as your first impression presentation – which is critical to having people stay on the site.

  262. robertlee79
    July 31, 2013 at 7:39 am | #607

    Steve :
    Hi Phil,
    I was just on your site and I don’t see a full screen slideshow on your home page.
    Am I in the right spot?

    I think you’re confusing full screen slideshow (the gallery slideshow) vs Home page full screen slideshow. Lots of people used the Fastline Media code to get a full screen slideshow on the homepage, but that no longer works with these templates.

    • July 31, 2013 at 7:48 am | #608

      I’m not confusing anything. I have only been speaking of the Homepage slideshow. This is what users first see, and the first impression is critical for visitors. Once you are in the site, it doesn’t matter as much what the slideshow looks like.

      This was one of the best features of SmugMug compared to other sites. Now it is gone. That and the Ads on the footer are 2 show stoppers for me.

  263. July 31, 2013 at 7:42 am | #609

    I prefer to use the “unlisted” feature because most of my photos are for my own use only. Your new version puts a big “unlisted” text box in the middle of the gallery photo. I don’t need to be reminded that these galleries are unlisted. Is there any way to take those unlisted text boxes off? Thanks.

    • July 31, 2013 at 7:50 am | #610

      Isn’t that a good thing to have so that you don’t have to drill down into the gallery to check that you do have it currently set to unlisted?

      • July 31, 2013 at 8:23 am | #611

        Not really. I just want to see my photos without the “unlisted” text box. Because essentially all of my galleries are unlisted, I don’t need to be reminded on each and every one that they are unlisted with a big text box on top of the image. Is there a way to turn that off? If not, this is a deal breaker for me, I’ll have to stick with the original Smugmug layout.

  264. July 31, 2013 at 8:20 am | #612

    Not really. I just want to see my photos without the “unlisted” text box. Because essentially all of my galleries are unlisted, I don’t need to be reminded on each and every one that they are unlisted with a big text box on top of the image. Is there a way to turn that off? If not, this is a deal breaker for me, I’ll have to stick with the original Smugmug layout.

    • annmcrae
      July 31, 2013 at 8:53 am | #613

      Hi Mike

      Sorry you don’t like the unlisted text. On your legacy site we show the same information in red text in the breadcrumb. The behaviour is the same with NEW, just subtler as the text should match your background better.

      • July 31, 2013 at 9:17 am | #614

        It is not more subtle: it is now right in the middle of the gallery photo. I’m going to have to stick with the old version.

    • Ben Anderson
      July 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm | #615

      Hey Mike,

      I’m reading in response to Esther, I believe, that Smugmug commented that the ‘Legacy’ site would be disappearing due to its incompatibility with the ‘new’ code base. It was mentioned that we (clients) would have months to play and get the new site just the way we liked it (my words), but that Legacy was going to disappear.

  265. July 31, 2013 at 8:21 am | #616

    One of the things I loved about SmugMug was the ability for viewers to “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” an image. Is it true that you took this away for all but the commerce plans?

    • annmcrae
      July 31, 2013 at 8:50 am | #617

      Hi Kortney

      We have not removed visitor feedback, but we have changed it. Visitors can now ‘like’ your photos if you have the Social > Enable Likes setting ON in gallery settings.


      • kortneya
        July 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm | #618

        Yes, but can they go back to view which images they “liked”? I couldn’t seem to find where to do that.

    • July 31, 2013 at 2:25 pm | #619

      Kortney, like legacy SmugMug the “liked” images aren’t tallied anywhere specific, but photos with likes and comments will be included in your most popular photos.

      • Ben Anderson
        July 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm | #620

        SmugMug, Events are just ‘klunky’ How hard can it be to throw a flag on images which are ‘liked’ with s call tag which generates a simple .csv for download and review? Making an image which is ‘liked’ “just show up in Popular photos” is neither usable data nor qualitative analysis of our offerings. It sure would be nice to be able to know which images are generating the most likes and be able to build our ‘port’ from those ‘popular images from a statistical point of view. According to the reply, an image with 1 ‘like’ carries no less ‘value’ than an image with 100 ‘likes’ It is this type of granularity which will enable your users to use the wealth of data available from simple collection os our paying clients’ responses on/in/around our site which would pay great dividends to your paying clients and enable us to make better sites, which sell more prints and merchandise, and increase SmugMug’s ‘commission’ which increases BOTH our bottom lines.

        How about it?

  266. robertlee79
    July 31, 2013 at 8:24 am | #621

    Steve :
    I’m not confusing anything. I have only been speaking of the Homepage slideshow. This is what users first see, and the first impression is critical for visitors. Once you are in the site, it doesn’t matter as much what the slideshow looks like.
    This was one of the best features of SmugMug compared to other sites. Now it is gone. That and the Ads on the footer are 2 show stoppers for me.

    I’m agreeing with you and saying that it is gone. You were looking at the other users site because they mentioned that they had a full screen slideshow. I was merely stating the fact that some people don’t understand ‘full screen homepage slideshow’. The other person did not know what everyone was talking about when we say ‘full screen slideshow’.

  267. Suzanne
    July 31, 2013 at 8:30 am | #622

    I absolutely HATE it. Looking for another host site. I don’t care how much more it costs. I’m not paying for this… mess.

  268. July 31, 2013 at 8:39 am | #623


    Unlisted, unlisted, unlisted, unlisted,unlisted, unlisted, unlisted…how do I take those boxes off?

    • annmcrae
      July 31, 2013 at 8:47 am | #624

      Hi Mike

      Use the gallery settings > privacy tab to make the gallery public if you want it to display to your viewers. http://help.smugmug.com/customer/portal/articles/1227357-gallery-settings

      • July 31, 2013 at 8:51 am | #625

        No, I WANT all galleries unlisted. I don’t want to share my photos (unless I provide a link). I just don’t want the word UNLISTED across every single gallery. Because essentially ALL my galleries are unlisted, I don’t need to be reminded of it with a big unlisted text box. Is there a way I can turn those unlisted text boxes off? That’s my question.

      • July 31, 2013 at 9:52 am | #626

        At least it is printed at the bottom of the unlisted gallery and not across it, and I am assuming that the public can not see that (or you, when you are signed out)

      • July 31, 2013 at 10:13 am | #627

        On the topic of “unlisted” – there does appear to be a problem with unlisted galleries which needs to be fixed (not saying _you_ need to fix it btw – just using this thread to mention the issue).

        I have a mix of both unlisted and shared folders inside of another folder. Selecting the top layer to display “Galleries” brings in the unlisted folders as well. I fixed that by selecting the individual folders instead. But when creating a link – the unlisted folders are displayed within the link – and I can definitely select those galleries when in Preview. The only way to fix that would be to reorganize the folder hierarchy to keep unlisted folders out of a folder which is used for a link. That’s doable – but a bit messy.

        Another problem, minor but annoying as well – keywords in unlisted folders show up in the search. That also provides a “back door” for viewers to access galleries that are not really intended to be visible. The workaround there was to remove all the keywords. Again, not the best solution.

        Lots of work went into this and I’m impressed overall. It also isn’t surprising to find a couple of problems. Not sure this particular forum is the place to discuss topics like this – but I’m not seeing a better place at the moment.

    • July 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm | #628

      Mike, you can use a little bit of CSS using the HTML/CSS box on the same page as your galleries to hide that badge. Keep in mind however that when you do this, you won’t know which galleries are unlisted, yourself:

      .sm-badge-text { display: none !important; }

  269. July 31, 2013 at 9:08 am | #629

    So I made a comment that the new smugmug seems to copy exactly what http://www.photodeck.com is doing and they deleted my post? Seriously?

    BTW I am a smugmug user. Why would you delete that? You did pretty much copy exactly the format that photo deck uses. Base templates with container adjustment.

    • July 31, 2013 at 8:13 pm | #630

      It’s still there. I used the text search option in my browser and it’s right above there.

  270. July 31, 2013 at 9:08 am | #631

    Absolutely amazing!!!! What an incredible improvement!!! Been a PRO for years and I love the new Smugmug!!! Like a kid in a candy store!!! Tons of improvements and my photographs look even better than before because of the beautiful new layouts and yes, LIGHTNING FAST!!!! Thanks Smugmug!!!!!

  271. July 31, 2013 at 9:25 am | #632

    Okay … I was prepared to LOVE it .. I think I hate it !!! I WANT my slideshow and nav bar on my homepage !!! The new designs have basically nothing but gallery images I think for now i will stick to my OLD page until I look around more and ask several questions !!!

  272. annmcrae
    July 31, 2013 at 9:42 am | #634

    Jan Kooreman :

    Thanks for your reply. Sorry but this doesn’t work, as soon as I press select all, the settings button is disabled.

    Hi there – yeah, sorry about that. I misspoke. You’ll need to do that within the folder to all galleries. (same as in legacy multiple galleries settings). I do apologize. But do be sure to set the folder settings as well.

  273. July 31, 2013 at 9:42 am | #635

    Looks good, but there seems to be some bugs in the slideshow option. First image is in the center of the screen but following images push to the bottom and don’t show the whole image.
    I’d like to have my feature photo on the homepage only, but can’t find a way to do that. It puts it on all the pages, which i don’t want.

    I like everything you’ve done here, but I don’t want top migrate until this is fixed.

  274. July 31, 2013 at 9:46 am | #636

    all of my sub categories are now gone, when logged in they still work, but when i log out, the links go to my other category rather than the sub categories i created. this happen the day i sent out a link to 60 families telling them where to find their beautiful photos. worst timing ever!!!

  275. July 31, 2013 at 9:49 am | #637

    Okay NOT to sound stupid here BUT on homepage customization .. under slideshow in the edit column it says drag & drop .. drop WHERE ? it just all highlights in blue

    • July 31, 2013 at 10:11 am | #638

      I have been trying and it still all just highlights in blue .. I’m gonna be in the
      sandbox a LOOONNNGG time !!! :( I feel like instead of ALL my “stuff” being here, and where it’s supposed to be and “customizing” a new look.. it’s scattered everywhere, some even gone ? and I have to start all over and basically re-design my website from ZERO .. right now , I could NOT tell a client where in the Sam Hill to go to view their gallery to save my life! .. okey – dokey .. gonna be good kitty now and go back to my sandbox!

  276. July 31, 2013 at 10:05 am | #639

    (1) I cannot figure out how to adjust the placement of the “header” image. I found one I liked, but I could not use the one I originally wanted because I couldn’t figure out how (or if I could) resize or move it in any way. In the video this all looked simple and beautiful, but so far it is not proving to be that easy.

    (2) Also, when my Bio migrated, all the text was there, but no separation of paragraphs. In the edit area, the separations still are there, but not on the page itself. I also can’t figure out how to get past the home page. I don’t see any links to gallery categories.

    (3) I set the photos in my homepage to come all from the same gallery. Now, when I go back to my homepage, I see my most recent uploads, and they are from an UNlisted gallery. How did this happen?

  277. Erik
    July 31, 2013 at 10:09 am | #641


  278. Joe
    July 31, 2013 at 10:18 am | #642

    I picked nyx first and didn’t like it so no i customized oslo yet after i preview oslo it’s sending me back to nyx. I would just like to delete nyx template all together but it won’t let me. It insists it’s current. UGHHHH

    • July 31, 2013 at 10:29 am | #643

      You’re describing the exact same problem I had when first playing with the new controls yesterday. It’s one aspect of the design that isn’t as intuitive as I’d like. But, once you learn how to do things, I think you’ll be able to move forward.

      The “trick” is to understand that when you’re done customizing a new template and the site asks you if you want to “Publish Later” or “Publish Now” – you want to click the “Publish Now” button to switch things to your new look. This is NOT the same as clicking the “Unveil New SmugMug” button.

      I’m just a regular user – and it took me a bit before I realized that “publish” doesn’t mean “reveal to the public”. IMHO – it would be better if the buttons were labeled “Update Sandbox Now” and “Update Sandbox Later”.

  279. Joe
    July 31, 2013 at 10:22 am | #644

    Why are the Heros not able to give straight HONEST answers to two simple questions

    1,. Can I cancel the “Preview” [how] and stay in Legacy as if nothing ever happened today ?

    2./ Will Legacy stop working soon and everyone will forced to use only the new Smugmug ?

    • Jim
      July 31, 2013 at 10:53 am | #645

      Joe, same here. I want things to go back to the way they were before I chose “migrate.” No logical answer from support.

    • Jim
      July 31, 2013 at 11:12 am | #646

      Joe, just got a reply to my request to “cancel preview and stay in legacay as if nothing ever happened today.” Here’s the reply which does NOT answer my very clear question:

      Are you seeing the option at the top that says “view legacy smugmug”? If so, click there and then you can see what your site looks like when it is not in the New SmugMug view.

      Please let us know if we can do anything else to assist you.

      • Joe
        July 31, 2013 at 7:41 pm | #647

        Jim, ONLY AFTER you select a theme, I guess their lawyers advised, that they could later rely on that being a voluntary [NOT FORCED] move, unless you select a theme it allows one to do nothing, can’t even log out. After selecting a theme you can log out or click to view legacy, but when you return you have to click view legacy each time, PREVIEW does NOT show all my folders only first 4 etc, what a complete mess.

    • July 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm | #648

      Hi Everyone, we will eventually be phasing out legacy SmugMug and we know that this isn’t what you want to hear, but our original system is incompatible with the many, many new features that our customers have been asking us for.

      Because we know that this will take time for you to get used to, you have many months to experiment with the new SmugMug in private preview mode, and your visitors won’t know the difference until you permanently unveil your sites.

      Hopefully this answers your questions. We do hope that you get to know some of the amazing core features we’ve added on the new system, like the new 7-layers-deep, drag-and-drop site organizer, because it’s something that we’re pretty sure all of our customers have wished for at least once.

      And there’s lots more to come, too, now that it’ll be easier for us to bring you new tools on the new code base.

      • speedphotos
        July 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm | #649

        Sorry if you have said this but my question is about the organizer. I love you added more layers but I would assume that in order to take advantage of this feature it will in effect be killing links. For instance if I posted a link on a forum. Is my assumption right?

        If I am right then most of these features are great for new users but come with some big negatives if people extensively used the old system. Thanks

      • July 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm | #650

        As long as you don’t force everyone out of Legacy before you restore the functionality we enjoy now. If you are not going to give us back at least what we had, then all the improvements won’t mean anything. I know this may take months, but it is a deal breaker for me.

      • CrystalB
        July 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm | #651

        So disappointing. I have spent a lot of money setting up my site to reflect my brand. Being unable to transfer this to the New Smugmug means I have just wasted that money. Unfortunately, I will have to look at other options now as I have lost trust in this company.

        Maybe should have considered a separate ‘Smugmug lite’ website that would cater to your clients that wanted a turn key websites as well as keeping the current Smugmug that caters more to clients that want control over their sites look and feel….just my humble opinion.

      • Joe
        July 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm | #652

        Finally the truth. No matter what one does, Legacy has a very limited life and will SOON end on the day you guys decide to end it.

        You have completely lost my trust.

        You launched a half baked inferior product disguised as improved and let people move across to it by pretending it was a voluntary option, your lawyers advise you do that so you could claim it was a “voluntary” move.

        You knew people would not be happy with legacy being cancelled so you published misleading information such a 3 levels with legacy sites being one. Did not mention it will soon end altogether,

        You knew this would seriously impact the income of your highest paying customers who you recently jacked up prices by more than 100%, yet you let it go ahead.

        You guys are suicidal or naïve, certainly NOT up front nor HONEST.

  280. July 31, 2013 at 10:23 am | #653

    I did the preview and DO NOT LIKE IT. Looks too much like Windows 8 (which I didn’t like, like many). I failed to find any themes that to me look any better than what I am already using. New ones are TOO “over the top”. SmugMug better not tell me I cannot keep my old theme, or they may lose me. “If it ain’t broke, why fix it”.

  281. Roy
    July 31, 2013 at 10:23 am | #655

    I want to keep my site as it was for the time being until I’m ready to make the switch. I can stand pat, right? If so, why are all of my “Event” sub-categories/galleries hiding from my clients? When I’m logged in I see them but when I’m out of the site and click I get the “No Galleries Found” message. Help!!!

    • July 31, 2013 at 10:43 am | #656

      Same with mine – all my subcategories are missing when not logged in. IT seems like the links has changed from “events” to “other” but when you look in other nothing is there.

    • Jim
      July 31, 2013 at 10:55 am | #657

      Same with mine! NO GALLERIES FOUND on my legacy site! Support tells me everything is fine. That’s because they are running my site “logged in.” If they visit the site as a guest they will not be able to get to the photos in my Events subcategories. I’ve sent them a screen shot and an explanation but so far, no answer from them.

  282. July 31, 2013 at 10:24 am | #658

    Gary Sawicke :
    I did the preview and DO NOT LIKE IT. Looks too much like Windows 8 (which I didn’t like, like many). I failed to find any themes that to me look any better than what I am already using. New ones are TOO “over the top”. SmugMug better not tell me I cannot keep my old theme, or they may lose me. “If it ain’t broke, why fix it”.

  283. July 31, 2013 at 10:26 am | #659

    Gary S :

    Gary Sawicke :
    I did the preview and DO NOT LIKE IT. Looks too much like Windows 8 (which I didn’t like, like many). I failed to find any themes that to me look any better than what I am already using. New ones are TOO “over the top”. SmugMug better not tell me I cannot keep my old theme, or they may lose me. “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”.

  284. Suzanne
    July 31, 2013 at 10:26 am | #660

    I can’t get an honest answer out of anyone either! They just dance around with their goofy faces painted on trying to be helpful when all they’re really doing is feeding the mushrooms! What’s really pi$$ing me off, is I am PAYING them to do this to me! This isn’t FaceBook where you take their crap because it’s free!!!

  285. July 31, 2013 at 10:30 am | #661

    I have tried to contact helpdesk with e-mail. can’t do. screen jumps to “chat” and locks. Also, I sent an e-mail earlier today and no response.

    I can’t see how to edit descriptions.

    I can’t see how to put a new highlight photo in the “gallery/folder” screen… have tried to re-organize, but the photo stays the same, even though I have put another photo in the first slot. Old system changed this photo randomly. is that feature gone?

    site customization allows background changes… it seems like if you want all galleries to be landscape collage, you have to do each one individually.

    tried to edit a title of a gallery and couldn’t find “edit.”

    You don’t want us to use this forum for “helpdesk”, but we are not getting responses from helpdesk or here.

    • July 31, 2013 at 10:44 am | #662

      HI Esther. I started playing with the new layouts yesterday and had some of the same questions as you. Even though this isn’t SmugMug’s Help forum – nothing says we can’t help each other out ;)

      When you’re in “New SmugMug Preview” mode (upper left corner in the blue banner) – click into one of your galleries. From there, go to the “Customize” menu and select “Gallery Settings”. You should find most of the items you want to customize within the dialog that opens.

      It does seem like the “randomize” feature is gone. I’m not sure if I’ve just haven’t found it – or if it has been left out on purpose. I can imagine it might be the latter. All those new layouts for “collage” this and that would be constantly changing. Not that that’s a bad thing – but it adds a bit of additional “randomness” that wasn’t present in the old layout.

      Anyone – hope this helps. Just one SmugMugger to another.

      • Joe
        July 31, 2013 at 10:52 am | #663

        Thank you for your help you answered my question

    • Steve
      July 31, 2013 at 10:51 am | #664

      Be VERY careful when in the sandbox … I was trying to get things to look the same as in the Legacy, by changing some gallery settings and it totally ruined my Legacy site. Now I am going back into the Legacy side to undo what I did.

  286. July 31, 2013 at 10:51 am | #665

    Not sure if anyone asked this, but how does the new site layout (especially the deeper folder structure) affect the Smugmug Lightroom Publish Plugin? Will the plugin be updated to accommodate?

    • July 31, 2013 at 2:54 pm | #666

      Hi Zarli, the Lightroom plugin is compatible and you can download the new version from the LR help page, but we’re currently awaiting a fix for an issue that popped up late yesterday. Stay tuned.

  287. July 31, 2013 at 10:52 am | #667

    SmugMug :
    Sammy you don’t have to migrate now but we recommend that you do because there is no visual impact to your customers, plus you’d get a chance to use our new site organizer. Since change is big and we know it can take a while for busy folks to get used to things, you should be able to stay in preview mode for many months. But we really do hope that you discover all the ways that the new SmugMug will make keeping your photos organized so much easier, and empower you to create a beautiful site without any assistance.

    I want to know if the old layout will be abandoned eventually. Since it was mentioned that the css customizations won’t carry thru the migrate I see no point to migrate my site.

    • July 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm | #668

      Actually my sight has been compramised and my name is no longer visable on it. The only name on my “Legacy” site is Smug-Mug.

  288. Shane Hitching
    July 31, 2013 at 10:56 am | #669

    Wow, now that I’ve looked I can’t believe how little customisation we can actually do.

    The claim that we can create beautiful sites the way we want them – not just rehashing SmugMug’s themes – is a massive cloud of hot air (unless, you want to do all the work yourself in CSS of course…). Simple options like selecting font sizes a colours for individual content blocks aren’t there. Most of the screen is simply not customisable.

    It’s clear that we’ll have to compromise like the “old Smug Mug“ so I don’t know if I can be bothered. It all looks like a lot of work for little benefit.

    • July 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm | #670

      Shane, you can choose from over 600+ fonts and any color in the spectrum and have it apply to text, headers and virtually anywhere on your site. Some of them inherit the font colors from the Theme (you can change it on the Theme level first), but many of them allow you to select the font type, size and color independently of the Theme, too.

      All the content is now accessible through drag-and-drop boxes, as opposed to having to copy and paste code from our forums into fields scattered across your site. If you want to use HTML or CSS, use an HTML/CSS content box and enter it there. Or click the CSS tab in your Theme.

      Click on the little wrench icon in the top corner of any content box, and you’ll see menus pop up that let you change your settings for that section. Hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for there. In general, when in doubt, look for the wrench icon first.

      • Shane Hitching
        August 2, 2013 at 10:38 am | #671

        My complaint was clearly not just about fonts, but since you’ve replied with misleading marketing blurb I might as well bite…

        600+ fonts is NOT impressive. Consider one typeface – say Courier (amazingly not available, like so many other common fonts!) – and allow us to use the common font sizes from 8 to 48. That’s 15 fonts. Let us use bold and that’s 30. Give us italics as well and we’re up to 60 fonts. Then give us the amazing freedom of underlining our text and there would be 120 fonts available.

        If you gave us these basic font options your claim of 600+ fonts would only cover 6 typefaces.

        … but let me guess. You’re assuming your customers are too stupid to know the difference between a font and a typeface? Right?

        Now for all the content blocks that I’ve wanted to customise on different parts of the site, but don’t have fonts independent of the theme:
        Text boxes
        Recent photos
        Search box

        The only one of these I can understand hard-being linked to the theme are titles. The rest should be freely customisable.

        I’m a very light, casual and undemanding user but even I’m miffed at all the things we CAN’T do with the new Smug Mug. I can only be glad I’m not a pro user.

        If only the hype wasn’t so great I’d have just taken the upgrade on the chin. If you’re going to set the expectations high then be prepared to deliver. Don’t patronise your customers with flannel when you can’t be bothered to put in the effort (two years of development and months of testing – nonsense!).

  289. July 31, 2013 at 10:58 am | #672

    I’m sorry, but I can NOT add a content box .. NOTHING highlighted in green showing me where I can drop it .. I click and drag and it just highlights everything in BLUE

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm | #673

      Hi Shelline, if you haven’t gotten this working yet can you possibly take a screen grab and send it to our Support Heroes? We want to get you working ASAP!

  290. July 31, 2013 at 11:09 am | #674

    If they had migrated my site as it was , with some cosmetic changes , I’d have accepted it. But I’m expected to start from scratch and rebuild my pages. I expect all the wannabe web designers are thrilled with this but for me , Joe Average , it’s too much hassle.

    Fortunately my subscription has only a few weeks to run and I can walk away from all this.

  291. July 31, 2013 at 11:11 am | #675

    Thanks Richard Vander!!! Great help.

    Best tips:

    If you want to edit the title, description, or change the “highlight photo”, go to “customize”, go to “gallery settings.” Make changes (especially the highlight photo) and say “done.”

    Watch out for:

    If you customize in the preview to a different format, it WILL change you legacy display. If you want your legacy gallery to look the same, use “default.”

  292. July 31, 2013 at 11:28 am | #676

    Does anyone have experience with uploading to the preview smugmug? I am about ready to go all the way and publish. Since I know that I can’t go back, I am trying to look for “watch out for’s”.

  293. July 31, 2013 at 11:29 am | #677

    Will uploading be faster than before? That is a major pain in my butt about my old site. Takes over 6 hours to upload 300 photos at 3 MB each.

    • brandonandlindsey
      July 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm | #678

      You sure that’s not due to the bandwidth of your ISP? I have 5mbps up, and 300 pics at that size takes me only about 30 minutes. When I’m at my work–where upstream is 60 up, it takes about 5 minutes.

      HTML5, and AWS (the backend) are fast enough to handle almost anything as fast as you can upload them, in my experience, the bottleneck–as with most things on the web–is usually your internet service provider.

    • July 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm | #679

      Check the upload speed limit of your ISP. Some are very low.

      • July 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm | #680

        I have Century link 12 mbs. I cannot figure out how fast the upload speed is.

    • July 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm | #681

      Matt, you can run a line quality test right here:


      If you need more detailed help about seeing what you can do to improve your upload speeds, feel free to write to us, or contact your ISP to see if there’s anything that they recommend as well.

      • August 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm | #682

        Wow….My upload speed is less than .70 mb per second. REALLY REALLY slow.